Zeta Xi hosts a variety of events for our national philanthropy, which is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. Our philanthropy chair, Shannon Atkins, and chapter members work together to help make these annual events possible!
Big Man on Campus (BMOC)
BMOC is our annual male beauty pageant we host. This is our biggest event of the year! Each Fraternity nominates one brother to be a contestant to represent their chapter. We have a week full of preliminary events for each of the contestants to compete in to gain points towards their final score. At the start of the pageant the contestants perform an entertaining opening number. Each contestant is judged based on his performance in the opening number, formal wear, and talent in the first round. The judges then select the top 5 contestants to give them the final interview question. The awards at the end of the night include: Mr. Congeniality, People's Choice Award, Best Talent, 1st Runner Up and of course Big Man on Campus.
Pack the House in Pink
Zeta Xi partners with Georgia Southern Athletics, Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Statesboro Service League for Packthe House in Pink. Pack the House in Pink is an event we host every year, where we pink out the basketball stadium for both the men’s and women’s game to promote breast cancer awareness and education. At the game we have several different tables set up with pink lemonade, stickers, selling pink tie-dye rubber band bracelets and also sisters handing out pink ribbons.
Think Pink Drink Pink
We set up a table on campus at various locations to raise awareness and educate the students on the warning signs and early detection procedures for breast cancer. A group of sisters work the table and hand out free pink lemonade and pink ribbons to students and faculty on campus to raise awareness. If donations are given, they go to Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. The main purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and to educate the public and students on how to get tested and the symptoms of Breast Cancer. It’s really fulfilling to see other students on campus wearing our pink ribbons on their backpacks!
Each year Zeta Xi hosts a strawberry sale where each member sells flats of fresh strawberries from Plant City, Florida to raise money for our philanthropy. This is the most successful fundraising event our chapter has ever had. In March of 2017 the chapter raised over $30,000 for breast cancer awareness. Our local Statesboro Alumnae Chapter also helps us sell and deliver strawberries throughout the Statesboro community. This widely expanded the outreach of our Strawberry Sale event, which helped raise awareness for breast cancer to areas all over Georgia.
Pink Power Run
The chapter assists the Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation each year for the Pink Power Run 5K Run/Walk. Our members help make race packets and gift bags to pass out on the day of the race to the runners. Sisters also help at the event by supporting runners, setting up and making sure all the runners were hydrated. Our sisters line up throughout the course with encouraging signs to cheer on the runners. Some of the sisters of Zeta Xi run in the event to show their support for the local survivors. We are excited to continue with this local tradition for years to come and help raise awareness and money for those affected by breast cancer in our community.
Other Service Projects
The Zeta Tau Alpha Chapter at Georgia Southern University responded to a request by The Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department who is working to place AEDs in over twenty park locations in the unfortunate event a defibrillator is needed. Zeta Xi was able to sponsor an AED for a park in the Statesboro community. "Zeta Tau Alpha is in the process of purchasing an AED for our sorority house on Olympic Boulevard adjacent to the GSU campus. We also know the importance of having these in athletic and programming settings. Our chapter was happy to get involved and make this contribution,” according to Layla Enayati, chapter Treasurer. “We know it can save lives, and this is a good investment for our community. We encourage others to participate in this very worthwhile project."