Carnations can go a long way to brighten someone’s day. In this case, they resulted in a donation to the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) in Fulton.
Members of Alpha Chi Omega sorority at William Woods University sold red carnations on campus for Valentine’s Day, raising about $300. They also collected money through various Lyre Fest activities for which other sororities and fraternities pay a fee.
Altogether, they raised nearly $1,100 in support of their national philanthropy. In conjunction with WWU’s Counseling and Health Services and CARDV, they also co-sponsored an informational program on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
“This year our philanthropy was a huge success,” Alpha Chi Omega President Stacie Bonte of Fenton, Mo., said. “We had many participants and we all came together to raise money for one purpose: to fight against domestic violence. Everyone was able to become more aware of the issue through activities and events which were fun and a good experience.”
Thursday Bonte and Kenzie Huber of St. Paul, Mo., who is vice president for fraternity relations, presented a check to Donna Rodenbaugh, executive director of CARDV.
Donna Rodenbaugh (left), executive director of CARDV, accepts a check from Alpha Chi Omega officers Kenzie Huber (center) and Stacie Bonte.