Belmont’s Greek organizations raised more than $9,000 during Greek Week from April 5-11. Greek Week included several fundraising opportunities benefitting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, including a bake sale, a Cold Stone Creamery sale and the annual Greek Sing. The eight organizations partnered with Residence Life for the “Change a Life” change drive. The drive continued until the culmination of Greek week on April 11 at Belmont’s annual Greek Sing production.
The Greeks gave $6,000 to sponsor a local child, Hunter Bernhardt (above), through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hunter, age 5, has been battling Burkitt’s Lymphoma for a year. Because of Belmont’s efforts, Hunter will attend the grand opening of the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. Hunter learned that his wish came true on April 21, at his Harry Potter-themed wish reveal party on Belmont’s campus. Students dressed up as Harry Potter characters to surprise Hunter. Click here to view WKRN News 2’s coverage of this story.
The remaining $3,000 will be donated to The Oasis Center, a Nashville organization dedicated to helping young people overcome challenges in their lives. Last year, Greek Week raised more than $4,000. Due to an overwhelming response from Greek chapters, Belmont Residence Life and the Nashville community, this year’s $6,000 goal was reached early in the week.
Greek Week started off with a blast from the past on April 5 as members from all of the fraternities and sororities on campus competed in a ’90s Nickelodeon-themed trivia game. Players were challenged to remember the beloved characters from their childhoods. The fun continued the next night with the glow in the dark games. The Nickelodeon theme continued on April 8 with Nick at Nite-themed games on the South Lawn. On April 9, the Greeks held a faulty appreciation breakfast and their annual Greek Olympics, which were modeled after the Nickelodeon show “Guts.” Challenges include a tug-of-war, egg toss and pyramid-building. Greek Week closed on April 11 with the Greek Sing, and all proceeds went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.