Women in Greek life launch campaign to build a school

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 7:58 p.m. CDT; updated 10:07 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — About 100 women representing every sorority at MU gathered in The Shack restaurant in the Student Center to a lecture during Sisterhood Week.

The founder of the 3-year-old Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, Ginny Carroll, visited Tuesday to speak about the purpose of the MU Panhellenic Association's philanthropy and its impact. The foundation's goal is to empower sorority women to help impoverished women around the world to get an education.

To the surprise of the crowd, Panhellenic President Paige Tenkhoff presented Carroll with a $20,000 check and a promise to fundraise in the fall to build a school in an developing country.

"I knew it was going to be a big deal because at delegation they were building it up. No one would tell us what it was, but I had no idea it would be as big as a school," Lilly Kraus, Kappa Delta's Panhellenic delegate, said.  "It's really great for our women to see the impact of the organization." 

The donation came from Panhellenic funds, and the group had been anticipating the unveiling of the campaign for months.

"We talked with Ginny back in March and found out it was an obtainable goal for our community," said Jory Mick, vice president of public relations for MU's Panhellenic Association. 

Donation stations were set up in The Shack and close to $500 was collected to jumpstart fundraising. MU is one of the first colleges to make Circle of Sisterhood a student organization and the first to commit to building an entire school on its own.

The group needs to raise $35,000 more to fund the building. It hopes to raise enough money for roofing by January. Once all funds are raised, the organization buildOn will tell them which country needs the school.

The members are not just giving a monetary donation, though. In June 2014, 14 sorority members will visit the site and help with building efforts.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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