by Ashley Duncan-Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII), the sorority at Morningside, is holding a virtual 5k to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Currently, they are taking in donations from local businesses; anything from money donation, gift cards, gift baskets, or anything to support the Arthritis Foundation. If the business donates $100 or more by April 1st, their logo will be put on the back of the t-shirt that AOII is selling for the run.
Hannah Stock is the external operations officer of AOII’s chapter on Morningside and the person in charge of the virtual run. Her job is to run social events and philanthropic events within the chapter.
The ex-external operations officer, Paige Weesner, is highly pleased with Hannah’s work. “It is very rewarding being able to see your hard work take form and Hannah Stock has done a great job putting this run together,” said Weesner. She also says that it is important for the girls of AOII to learn how to give and be members of a philanthropy.
Hannah’s favorite part about the fundraiser is, “meeting people in the community and a lot of the businesses in the community. I didn’t know a lot of these businesses existed because I am not from here.” She said building bonds within the community is important because it creates connections and gets the AOII name out there.
Each year AOII holds a fundraising event, whether it be through bowling, runs, or even Easter themed fundraisers. Every chapter of AOII can choose to do whatever fundraiser they want, as long as all the money raised is sent to the Arthritis Foundation.
Sign up for the run on April 25th from 12pm-3pm in Yockey at the Olsen student center. It costs $5 to sign up and then anybody can run the 5k whenever and wherever they feel like. T-shirts will also be sold at the stand for $15 or more, depending on the size. The reason for a virtual 5K is due to the pandemic, so large crowds can be avoided.
Click the link to pre-order a t-shirt and pick up in Yockey on April 25th.