On Saturday, October 20, the University of Oregon chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha held their second annual Pumpkin Smash philanthropy event out on the EMU lawn. The event’s goal was to provide necessary canned food and donations to the local non-profit organization, FOOD for Lane County. FOOD for Lane County is a local food bank that has been serving the needy in the Eugene and Springfield area since 1984 and their goal is to eliminate hunger by providing access to food. Wes Horton, the external vice president and philanthropy chair of Lambda Chi Alpha, was the chief planner of the philanthropy and its events.
Pumpkin Smash was made up of multiple events that occurred during the week. The ten sororities that participated received points based on how well they did in these events compared to each other. The events included a Yogurt Extreme Fundraiser night, sorority pumpkin and poster-decorating competition and a week of gathering canned food.
The actual day of the Pumpkin Smash was an exciting day for all the participants because it was a field day with seven different competitions. Each participating sorority had a team of ten girls that competed in events, such as a relay race, a whipped cream eating contest, a pumpkin-carving contest, tug of war competition, pumpkin toss, wiffle ball homerun derby, and a pumpkin puzzle competition.
As a spectator, it was apparent that everyone was having fun at the philanthropy. I particularly enjoyed watching the whipped cream eating competition because it was the final event of the day and everyone was excited to hear who was going to be crowned the winner of Pumpkin Smash. Congratulations to Alpha Chi Omega who was the 2012 champions of Pumpkin Smash.
After a long week of activities, Lambda Chi Alpha was able to raise $700 through monetary donations and around 900 items of canned goods. A very successful event in my opinion!