The only thing our sisters enjoy more than our sisterhood is our devotion to our philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Locally, our donations and time go to the Palmetto Health Children's Hospital of Columbia, SC. We make trips to the hospital to spend time with the patients and participate in numerous philanthropic events throughout the school year to raise money and spread awareness for CMNH. Additionally, Phi Mu sisters participate in the philanthropic events of other Greek organizations, as well as community service events in the Columbia community.
During the Fall 2016 semester we held our annual event, Bonnamu, that raised over $17,000 dollars for CMNH! Sisters, miracle families and USC/Columbia community members alike all joined together at Breakers Live for a battle of the bands between local artists. Between ticket sales and dollar votes, audience members pick the winner who not only wins a cash prize, but also an opportunity to play at a future Phi Mu function. A diverse group of members of the South Carolina community enjoyed the event and we look forward to seeing it grow!
Phi Mu participates in the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospital's fundraiser, Dance Marathon. The 14 hour event takes place in the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center on campus in the spring. Throughout the event, a 15 minute line dance is taught to the sisters by morale leaders (many of whom are Phi Mus!) who were trained to keep everyone motivated through the 14 hours. This year our sisters served as Vice Presidents, Directors, Staff members, and Morale leaders for Dance Marathon. Between these sisters and members of our own Phi Mu team, we were able to contribute $119,677 - over $1,000 for each of the 119 beds in Palmetto Health Children's Hospital! In total, this year's Dance Marathon event raised a record-breaking $703,289! We couldn't be more proud of all of our sisters who participate in this life changing event. Along with the satisfaction of being involved in Dance Marathon, we also received the recognition of the organization who raised the most money for Dance Marathon in 2017!
Phi Mu has recently started a new philanthropy tradition that includes getting our parents involved in our philanthropic efforts. During Parent’s Cocktail, our chapter hosts a silent auction to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year the auction sold a total of 78 items for a grand total of $8,700. Our chapter is very proud of the accomplishment we made and we cannot wait to continue the tradition of the auction for years to come.
Each week, a group of sisters has the opportunity to spend time at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital getting to know some of the children who benefit from the money we raise for CMNH! Not only do we enjoy the hours we spend at the hospital, but it brightens our day to see the happy faces of the children we interact with. Every week our chapter brings a craft for the children to work on while at the hospital and then bring home! It is another wonderful way to get more involved with CMNH and show these children how much the sisters of Phi Mu love and care about them. Our chapter is very blessed to have a Children's Miracle Network Hospital so close to our campus.
Phi Mu also participates in philanthropic events for other fraternities and sororities such as Sigma Chi's Derby Days, Chi Omega's War of the Wings, Sigma Nu's Flag Football Tournament, Delta Zeta's Turtle Tug, Kappa Kappa Gamma's Kappa Kickoff, Lambda Chi Alpha's Watermelon Bash, and more. Additionally, Phi Mu supports the community service efforts of other campus organizations by participating in events such as the Carolina/Clemson Blood Drive, Service Saturdays, Trick or Treat with the Greeks, and Relay for Life.
The Lambda Theta chapter strives to give back to the Columbia community by volunteering and participating in events outside of the Carolina campus. Phi Mu sisters can be found volunteering their time at the Salvation Army soup kitchen, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Pets Inc., and more.
During recruitment this past fall sisters took an afternoon off of workshops to serve the greater community. Sisters traveled to habitat for humanity, Pets Inc. and two different Harvest Hope food banks to spend some time givng back to the community. Many girls loved the opportunity to get out in to the community with their friends and spend the afternoon doing something worthwhile.
This past year many sisters were involved in a Lunch Buddies program, where we would go twice a month to mentor, read with, and learn with an elementary school child. Sisters often get together as a group to volunteer at various community events including Bark to the Park benefiting Project Pet, Torch Relay benefiting CMNH, and Trot for Tots benefiting CMNH.
For more information about Children's Miracle Network Hospitals please visit http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org