Brother Matt Greenberg (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2018) was looking to make a difference and help an organization with very close ties to the Omega chapter at North Carolina. Brother Jacob Becker’s (2017) sister, Cara Gwen Becker, was diagnosed with Acute Promylocydic Leukemia in 2012 and after battling the disease, passed away only four months later. Her family started a non-profit — Karma for Cara Foundation — to help others with the disease.
“We wanted to do a program with all of the brothers that would show Jake and his family that we are always thinking of them,” said Matt.
While attending classes this summer, Matt noticed that Chapel Hill had a lot of ice cream parlors so he got an idea to hold an old fashioned ice cream social at the AEPi house to raise money. “We got vendors to donate ice cream and cookies and charged admission for a tasting from all of the ice cream parlors.”
Between tickets to the event, t-shirt sales and other donations, the chapter raised $5,200 for Karma for Cara. (Visit http://karmaforcara.org/…/unc-aepi-donates-proceeds-from-p…/)
“It was great to see our whole chapter get involved. We actually did the event during rush and we were able to show our rushees how important philanthropy and brotherhood are to AEPi.” In addition to this program, the chapter also raises money for AEPi’s Repair the World Fund and Gift of Life.
The Junior Economics and Communications major never planned to join a fraternity but fell in love with AEPi his freshman year and now serves as Lieutenant Master for the chapter. “I have a built-in group now on our campus and people that I can turn to and get support from if I need it or am going through a tough time. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing in college without AEPi.”