Prevent Child Abuse America
Since 1984, Kappa Delta collegiate and alumnae chapters have held Shamrock events — local fundraisers that vary from pancake breakfasts and 5K runs to silent auctions and golf tournaments — to support the prevention of child abuse. Shamrock events, staged by thousands of Kappa Delta women in hundreds of communities nationwide, are held throughout the year and have earned local and national media attention.
Every year, KD collegiate and alumnae chapters raise more than $2 million to benefit child abuse prevention efforts. A full 80 percent of the money raised stays in the community and is donated to local child-abuse prevention agencies; the remaining 20 percent goes to the Kappa Delta Foundation to support Prevent Child Abuse America’s national office for its national programs. PCAA was founded by a Kappa Delta, the late Donna Stone, Lambda-Northwestern, which makes the cause that much more relevant to the sorority.
For our Shamrock event, Alpha Upsilon hosts an annual 5k. This past year our theme was "Be a Hero," encouraging everyone to stand up in the fight against child abuse. We raised over $6,700 and were recognized by our local beneficiary, the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, for our dedication and support to their organization at their annual Blue Ribbon Bash. Not only do we get to raise money and raise awareness for an amazing cause, but we also have a great time doing it!
We are already counting down the days until our next Shamrock event in the fall! On November 5, 2016, we will host a Shamrock'n'Roll 5k and Fun Walk on BSC's campus. Be on the look out for more information, or contact our VP-Community Service, Ivy Painter (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions or would like to help!