Belmont’s Phi Kappa Tau chapter partnered with the Edgehill Community Center and Belmont’s Office of Community Relations to host the fifth annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31.
Serving as the event’s main volunteers, 30 members of Phi Kappa Tau volunteered to provide a safe evening for neighborhood children that included carnival games, face painting, dance competitions and a cake walk. Throughout the event, Chapter President Joey Whalen said Phi Tau brothers were able to celebrate Halloween and build relationships with the children who attended.
Brayton Johns, a Phi Tau associate member, said the opportunity to build relationships with the children was a highlight of the event. “The best part of the Edgehill Halloween Party was getting to have fun with the kids and hear their stories. While face painting, I heard so many stories about what the kids do for fun and what they dreamed of doing one day,” Johns said. “I absolutely loved interacting with them.”
Though Greek organizations are committed to involvement and support of their national philanthropies, Whalen said it was powerful to get connected and serve the heart of their own community on a local level. “While our national philanthropies are all awesome causes, we don’t always get to see the results of our efforts. Is it important for us to support and give back to our Nashville community in any way possible. Reaching out to the Edgehill community was such a rewarding experience as we were able to impact the neighborhood by providing a fun, enjoyable memory for the kids.”