The stakes were high as the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta at the College of Charleston started planning their FIJI Islander event to support the USO. They knew they wanted to go big in support of America’s troops and families. And big they went. They didn’t just hold one event. No! They held at least one event every day for an entire week and in the end donated over $10,000 to support USO South Carolina.
FIJI Islander week kicked off on Sunday April 14th with a basketball tournament. The hoops for troops event offered cash prizes and a trophy for the winners. Before the FIJI brothers could reap the success of their first event they were on to event number two. On Monday, students on campus lined up for a rare opportunity to dunk a princess in the dunk tank. As you can imagine, this was a popular event. Later that night the fundraising continued as everyone headed over to Freshberry where a percentage of the proceeds went to support the USO.
Moving on to day three of fundraising, on Tuesday night, a percentage of the proceeds from dinner at Boones supported the USO. Then on Wednesday, a school yard event we all loved as children – a kickball tournament – would get sororities and fraternities on the field together kicking a ball around for a good cause.
This fraternity isn’t done yet. On Thursday campus beauties participated in the Princess Pageant complete with talent competition. And Finally on Saturday the big finale FIJI Islander party to celebrate a week of successful fundraising.
This FIJI chapter’s donation will go to support troops where it is needed most. Today’s USO is always by their side, continuously adapting to the needs of our troops and their families by supporting and comforting, connecting and entertaining in new and imaginative ways. USO’s programs and services are made possible by the support of donors like these. - Lisa Ferrari Carter, USO Relationship Manager, Clubs & Organizations
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