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Philanthropic events are becoming staples on college campuses everywhere There is a growing movement of integrating charitable fundraising events all over the United Statess colleges and universities Some of the largest contributors to the planning organization and success of these events are members of Greek Life on these campuses Nearly every fraternity and sorority across the country organizes at least one philanthropy event each year for their own local causes At the University of Maryland Greek Life has been doing the same for a number of years Each organization must spend time every semester planning and running a philanthropy event in order to remain recognized by the university and the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life DFSL Still even with these charitable events it is tough for Greek Life as a whole to escape its unhealthy reputation Anytime anyone hears fraternity they immediately begin to picture an animal house run by drunk alcoholics in togas running around wrecking havoc around campus In the media its portrayed as a lot of jerks and all they care about is partying McGinnis One of the best ways for Greek Life to prove itself as a well-rounded group of the community is by giving back to its community and this can be accomplished through an even bigger increase in philanthropic eventsWhen the Interfraternity Council IFC at Pennsylvania State University began realizing that their integrity was being threatened by irresponsible fraternities and a mistaken reputation they decided that the way to improve their image was through a philanthropic event In 1973 THON a two day dance marathon was proposed and executed That year they only raised 2000 but more importantly the event continued to become a staple event each year at Penn State Over the course of 40 years it has raised over 100 million for pediatric cancer THON is currently the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and surprisingly it was and continues to be run by the Greek
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