The Alpha Psi chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity will host its 10th annual Phi Mu “Phace Off” dodge ball tournament on Sunday, Nov.15 at 11 a.m. in Southeastern’s Pennington Center.
Phi Mu’s philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. All proceeds benefiting the tournament will go directly to CMNH. This is one of the biggest donations that the Alpha Psi chapter gives to the hospital, said Philanthropy Director of Phi Mu-Alpha psi, Nancy Peck.
Thus far from the tournament Phi Mu raised over $11,000. To help achieve such a large donation, members of Alpha Psi could either form a team of seven participants with the entry fee being $15 or the members could collect $150 worth in sponsors. Extra donations were given the Alpha Psi chapter benefiting CMNH.
There are 44 teams signed up and the tournament is double elimination. The each participant of the winning team revives a plaque, candy bags and gift cards to different places in the Hammond area.
“Planning such a large tournament is stressful,” said Peck. “I didn’t realize all of the paper work that the University and Phi Mu require, but I know it’s going to pay off in the end. It’s all for the kids, and we’re helping make miracles happen.”
There are incentives this year for the members of Alpha Psi to raise more money. Each member who raises an additional $20 on top of the $150 will be entered in a drawing to win a basket valued over $300 with prizes containing items from Kendra Scott, Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer. The top four members who raised the most money will receive Kendra Scott gift cards.
“I have played each year, and it is a long day, but you don’t even realize it because the time goes by so quick, and there is nothing like a little friendly competition between all the teams,” said Membership Director of Phi Mu Alpha Psi and Mass Communication major Kohl Kent. “This is the third year that I have been involved in Phi Mu and dodge ball. My parents always ask when the tournament is because they enjoy donating for such a great philanthropy and always want to help out any chance they can get.”
Aside from dodgeball, Alpha Psi raises money throughout the year for CMNH. This semester Alpha Psi participated in Southeatern’s Gumbo Ya-Ya. The booth was “Pie a Phi” and people were allowed to pay $1 to pie a member in the face and raised over $200.
Alpha Psi also participated in Miracle Jean Day on Sept. 9 and members wore jeans advocating CMNH. Member of Alpha Psi and Kinesiology major Katie Williams is a waitress at La Carreta restaurant and given the exception she was allowed to wear jeans and a button representing CMNH.
Katie told her guests about Miracle Jean Day, and she raised $202 in tips that night and donated all of her tips to CMNH. “Most of my customers that day came for the donation and to help support me,” said Williams. “I was both shocked and excited when I realized how much I raised in such a short period of time. It felt awesome to have $202 donated to CMNH under my name.”