by Wessli Ann Hardee, Staff Writer
Over ninety caramel apples were purchased by students across Wingate University’s campus from the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Wednesday Oct. 4.
The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order was founded on Wingate University’s campus in 1993. Since then, the men of the nationally recognized fraternity have been putting on events to raise money for their philanthropy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“I love being a part of KA and having the opportunity to work with organizations like MDA,” said Gage Sumrall, Zeta Zeta Chapter President. “It reminds us that we are a part of a larger whole and we have an opportunity to help others and we should strive to do that everyday.”
The University’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Order puts on at least two fundraisers a semester for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, the chapter decided to try something new and sell caramel apples because they went well with the fall season and made for a good branding avenue, by calling them “KA-ramel Apples” Sumrall said.
On Wednesday night, the men of the fraternity gathered in a university apartment to dip apples in caramel that would then be delivered to students on campus who ordered them. The fundraiser ran from 8 p.m. to midnight. and the apples were priced at $2 each.
By the end of the night, the fraternity raised a total of $185 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“I wanted to buy a caramel apple to show support for other Greek organizations on campus,” said Veronica Manka, a Wingate University student. “I was happy to know that just my $2 contribution could make a difference.”
Kappa Alpha Order is one of the biggest organizations to contribute to the Muscular Dystrophy association. The National Fraternity raises over $100,000 annually.
Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides funding for research breakthroughs, providing care for individuals affected by the disease and empowering families with support.
So far this year the Zeta Zeta chapter has only hosted one event for their philanthropy, but they plan to put on at least one more this semester. The chapter has a goal to raise $1,000 by the end of the year.
Edited by Olivia Lee, Dustin Kiggins