Greeks to Pedal for Push America
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 23:11
The Theta Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi will host their annual fundraiser, Pedal for Push, benefitting Push America, tomorrow. This is an event in which new members, or associate class members, and a few active members will be ride stationary bikes for 24 hours. The event will take place Friday at Caliente Grille. Proceeds will benefit Push America.
Push America is a non-profit organization that was founded by the men of Pi Kappa Phi in 1977 and is the fraternity’s national philanthropy. Its mission is to build leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today. Members of the fraternity have raised almost $13 million in support of this, and they have donated several man-hours to repair facilities that serve people with disabilities across the country.
Associate class Push America chair Jeffrey George encouraged people to stop by and enjoy Caliente’s Mexican cuisine.
“Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit Push America,” George said. “People should attend in order to see how important Push America is to Pi Kapp and also to help raise funds for those with disabilities.”
George said people should also attend to socialize with the members of Pi Kappa Phi and enjoy the band that will be playing Friday night.
Associate member James Hall said events like this help raise awareness for Push America.
“We are cycling on three stationary bikes for a period of 24 hours in order to raise awareness,” Hall said. “It is representative of the Journey of Hope, which is Push America’s national event where hundreds of people ride bicycles across the country.”
Last summer, four members of the Theta Alpha chapter took the 3,000-mile bike trip across America.
“There is no greater feeling than to support someone in need,” Hall said.
Fraternity president Cully Leist hopes many people come out and support Push America.
“It benefits a wonderful organization that was founded to help people with disabilities,” Leist said. “We hope to get as much support as we can.”
For more information about Push America, visit pushamerica.org.