Philanthropy events are in full swing this semester as we kick off the month with Alpha Chi Omega’s inaugural Lyre Games event on March 2.
Domestic violence is often overlooked in relationships, and the women of Alpha Chi Omega Kappa Xi chapter are here to inform us on the signs. Domestic Violence Awareness is the sorority’s main philanthropy, and they are ready to show the Pensacola area just how passionate they are about shining a light on unhealthy relationships.
“Knowing the signs and getting help is the most important part,” Alpha Chi member Bre Offenburger said. “Abuse is physical, but it can be emotional and mental as well.”
Alpha Chi’s annual spring event used to be what was known as the DVA Football Tournament. This year the organization’s philanthropy chair, Angela Smith, has different ideas to raise both awareness and money for the the Northwest Pensacola Favor House, Alpha Chi’s local philanthropy.
The biggest change this year is the new philanthropy event Lyre Games, which will be an adult field day. With tournament games such as relay race, tug-of-war, giant yard pong, noodle javelin, blind man volleyball, and kickball, Smith guarantees anyone would have a great time at the event.
“This is a new way to encourage people to enjoy their time with the community to raise funds and awareness for those affected by domestic violence in our area,” Smith said.
Winners of the tournament games will receive a $150 Visa gift card prize and the very first Lyre Games trophy. The second and third place winners will receive smaller trophies. The last day to register your team for the tournament games will be this Wednesday.
There will also be mini games for those who do not have a group registered for the tournament such as dunk-a-sister (where the Alpha Chi members are volunteering themselves to be dunked into water), corn hole, and giant connect four.
“I think it is so important that the student body attends Lyre Games because it shows an abundance of people coming together for the greater good to support Domestic Violence Awareness,” member of Alpha Chi Grace Perrett said.
Those wanting to attend but don’t want to play are just as welcomed.
“We want everyone to come,” member of Alpha Chi Rachel Hyde said. “You can pay the $3 entrance fee or bring a donation item and enter for just $1.”
Donation items include nonperishable meals, snacks, disposable diapers, toiletries, umbrellas and flip flops both children- and adult-sized. These donation items are accepted while the ladies are tabling at the commons breezeway this week and on the day of the event.