Hi everyone! My name is Brooke Rothschiller and I am the proud Vice President of Philanthropy of Pi Beta Phi at Arizona State University. Here at Arizona Beta chapter we are always looking for ways to contribute to our philanthropy Read > Lead > Achieve. One of the best things about our philanthropy is that it is hands on. This gives us the opportunity to meet and work with children in person to improve their reading skills. Being hands on also allows our sisters to create a personal bond with the children, and we look forward to helping them each chance we get. One in four children are illiterate, and we are here to change that by organizing many fundraising events throughout the year.
Our first philanthropy event in the fall is Arrowspike in which we raise thousands of dollars each year. This is an annual event in which organizations, such as fraternities, clubs, and sports teams, compete to raise money for Read > Lead > Achieve. The competition week consists of activities such as participating in percentage nights, penny wars, and the main event which is a sand volleyball tournament.
The two events in the spring semester are Champions Are Readers and Phinest. Champions Are Readers, or CAR for short, is a seven-daylong event in which all members of our organization volunteer at a local elementary school. We help the kids read and complete small tasks and puzzles. During CAR, it is clear how much of a difference we make in the children’s lives. The smiles on their faces at the end of the day remind us all of why we love Pi Phi and helping others. Phinest is a fundraising competition where fraternity men compete to become our literacy coaches for the year. Each competitor comes up with creative ways of fundraising for Read > Lead > Achieve. This is a very fun event that everyone looks forward to all year long.
Pi Phi Love & Mine,
Vice President of Philanthropy
Our main fundraiser is in the fall and is called Arrowspike. It is comprised of a huge volleyball tournament that fraternities and other ASU students/clubs participate in. Last year we raised over $8,000 from this philanthropy alone! Arrowspike is beneficial in many ways because it creates awareness in the community of the importance of literacy, as well as raise money for our Foundation. The money we raise from Arrowspike benefits local literacy projects as well as our Foundation.
Every year, we have our annual Champions Are Readers philanthropy event in the spring semester. This year, our members partnered with the Pi Beta Phi Phoenix Alumnae Club and volunteered at Brunson Lee Elementary School in Central Phoenix. Our members dedicated weekly hours during the whole month of February to promote literacy within our community!
In the Spring, we hold our annual Pi Phi's Phinest competition, an original philanrthropy created by one of our very own Arizona Beta sisters! This event was designed in efforts to promote literacy throughout our campus by selecting a group of men interested in representing our organization's philanthropy by raising money towards Read>Lead>Achieve and making ASU students aware of how many children are illterate in America and how they can help our community. This competition is open to the public and includes a speed read, talent portion, Pi Phi trivia, and monetary donation portions that all support and promote our philanthropic initiative.