Charity is one of the three main principles of Tau Kappa Epsilon. The gentlemen of TKE on Iowa State’s campus are a driving force of three philanthropies and involved with many others both Greek and non-Greek. Here are a few details of the ones TKE helps host every year.
St. Jude Up til’ Dawn
St. Jude Up til’ Dawn is one of the largest philanthropies, as well as one of the most important ones we at Tau Kappa Epsilon participate in. It is a late night, early morning type of an event. The event is administrated by a group of directors. Positions on the Executive Board include everything from being a lead director, to a public relations chair, sponsorship chair, etc. The event is essentially comprised of a bunch of events, similar to what cancer patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would do for activities. Things like syringe painting, banner painting, etc. A keynote speaker is usually present, someone who is a patient or was a patient of the hospital. Another huge portion of the event is fundraising. People join teams and fundraise for the hospital, which costs millions of dollars to run and operate. Epsilon Chapter has fundraised more than $15,000 this past year and more than $40,000 over the past 3 years with ISU St. Jude Up ’til Dawn.
Mac Attack is a collaboration between Tau Kappa Epsilon and neighboring sorority Delta Delta Delta to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is a food philanthropy that includes a mac ‘n’ cheese dinner, as well as games and prizes. In its 5th year, Spring 2015, Mac Attack raised over $8,000 for the children of St. Jude.
Judapalooza is a philanthropy that was first established this past fall semester. This first year philanthropy was created with the spirit of live entertainment, food, and fun in order to raise money for St. Jude. Performances included those from musicians from within the Greek community and outside of it. Along with the show, pizza and beverages were available to attendees. The first year hosted Judapalooza raised over $1,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.