Trick-or-treat with the Greeks
Carolina’s fraternity and sorority students—all 3,700 of them—are getting set for the fifth-annual Trick-Or-Treat with the Greeks, Oct. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Greek Village.
"...fraternities and sororities raised more than a half-million dollars for charity, which set a new record for Carolina."
Fraternities and sororities will give treats to costumed children knocking on their doors, followed by a carnival held in the grassy center of the Greek Village.
Hundreds of children from the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands will attend the event, along with the children of University staff and faculty. Relay races, face painting, mummy wrapping, and other activities will be part of the festivities, with nearly all of the 34 Greek chapters participating. This year, Greeks will be joined by The Big Read organization, which will hand out books to promote literacy.
While Trick-Or-Treat is a community outreach effort, Carolina’s fraternities and sororities are also committed to fund raising for charitable causes. The annual Dance Marathon this past February raised a record $111,000 for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and was attended by more than 1,000 Greek and non-Greek participants—also a record. The annual Blood Drive, celebrating 25 years this year, is held during the week of the Carolina-Clemson game and is the largest in the state. In addition, each sorority and fraternity supports its own individual charity in a big way.
"If you put all of these Greek efforts together during the past year, fraternities and sororities raised more than a half-million dollars for charity, which set a new record for Carolina,” said Office of Greek Life Director Ron Binder. “Most have a long-term relationship with the charitable organization they’re raising money for."