Members of the Zeta Chi social service fraternity on the Hardin-Simmons University campus are looking for a pie in the face as they raise money for a local charity.
The April 30, 2013, event is called Pie-a-Chi. “Anyone can buy a whipped cream pie and hit club members in the face with it, kind of like a carnival event,” quips Caleb Bryant, a junior economics major from Midland, Texas.
“We have done this event for a couple of years, with the money raised going to help support charities working overseas, but this year money will be donated to Connecting Caring Communities, a local charity that builds relationships in order to restore the fabric of our community.”
Caleb says club members ask HSU faculty and staff for their involvement, “Last year Dr. Rodney Taylor from Logsdon volunteered his time to be pied by students, as did HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall.”
Bryant says club members are sending emails to HSU faculty members, and sending personal letters to departments requesting participation or donations that will go to CCC and to help cover the club’s expenses for the supplies.
It is $2 to pie a club member, $5 for three tries to pie, and if a faculty member volunteers to get pied, club members charge a premium $5 for that privilege. The event will be held on campus at Anderson Lawn by the Bell Tower, April 30, 1- 4 p.m.
Last year the club raised $370 for the Children’s Hope Chest Foundation in Russia during the three-hour event. Caleb says they are looking to boost those numbers this year with the funds going to a local charity.
Caleb says they are inviting all of the community to come out and participate in the Pie-a-Chi, as well as all of the HSU community.
Connecting Caring Communities overseas Abilene’s Friendship Houses, including the North Park Friendship house, planted by former HSU dean of student Linda Carleton. HSU students volunteer many hours reading and playing with children attending afterschool programs at the facility.