At the Gamma Eta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, we believe in giving back to the Atlanta community in order to not only improve that community, but to also improve our brotherhood. While philanthropy is unfortunately something that is sometimes neglected by the Greek system as a whole, most Betas will tell you that this is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of fraternity life.
We consistently finish at the top of the campus is philanthropy hours. The past year, we had the second most service hours of any fraternity on campus. Here is an overview of service projects the brothers of Beta Theta Pi participate in:
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
The brothers of the Gamma Eta chapter have teamed up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise funds for blood cancer research. In the Fall of 2016, we were able to raise over $7,000 that went directly to LLS research and patient care.
Community Service with the Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is an annual Arts and Music Festival in which all the proceeds go to Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for children with cancer. Every year the festival is held at Piedmont Park and expects to draw more than 300,000 visitors. There are only two paid professionals on the Dogwood staff, and everyone else planning the festival is a volunteer making this event quite an impressive feat. Each year, the largest volunteer group for the festival comes from Gamma Eta. Current Alumni of this chapter, Jim Dahlby, is on the board for the festival.
Gamma Eta has a tradition of great turnout in this campus-wide event created by Georgia Tech students to make a difference in the city. This past fall, we volunteered at a 5K Fundraiser for Easter Seals with the Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha. Two brothers served as project coordinators, in addition to the thirty brothers who assisted in the project.
This event is organized to encourage citizens of Atlanta into participating in community service to give back to the city of Atlanta. Our chapter volunteered 2 groups of 20 brothers each to participate in different service projects. One group helped re-landscape a church that had become too deteriorated for the parish to manage. The other group helped organize the inventory at the Atlanta Toolbank.
Tech Beautification Day
This event is organized and executed entirely by students at Georgia Tech in an effort to give back to the campus. Three brothers, Justin Porter, Bill May, and Jake Rachels, were a part of the Executive Committee responsible for making this event possible. Other brothers were coordinators of projects across campus. All groups had almost the whole chapter show up early on a Saturday morning to help improve the campus.
Georgia Tech HERO
This philanthropy benefits children in Georgia who have HIV and AIDS, and it was co-founded by a brother of Beta Theta Pi at the University of Georgia. Georgia Tech Basketball Coach, Paul Hewitt, is on the Board of Directors. Coach Hewitt recognized the brothers of Gamma Eta for raising more money (over $3,000) for HERO than any other fraternity on campus. Coach Hewitt had dinner with the brotherhood one evening, and the chapter’s service was recognized during the Georgia Tech-Duke basketball game as three brothers even represented the chapter on the court.
Furthermore, two brothers, Josh Click and Evan Foster, were host to some of the children that this charity benefits. They took time out of their day to give the kids a tour of the Tech campus along with taking the kids to a Georgia Tech baseball game.
Atlanta Children’s Shelter
Starting in the Fall of 2006, the brotherhood will be sending two different brothers every week to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, which helps Atlanta’s homeless children and their parents. The shelter provides free day care along with emotional and educational support to these children. This new project will hopefully become one of the cornerstones of the chapter’s philanthropy effort.
IFC Habitat for Humanity Project
The Gamma Eta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi has donated $5 per brother to the IFC’s Habitat for Humanity project. The project is an effort among all Georgia Tech fraternities to support Habitat.