Salvation Army, Special Olympics Benefit from Greek Week 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2005ᾰThe start of Southeast Missouri State University’s Greek Week is traditionally marked by service to the Cape Girardeau community. 

On Saturday, April 9, members of Southeast’s sororities and fraternities participated in two events — the Special Olympics of Southeast Missouri’s regional track and field day at Central Junior High and the canned food donation at the Salvation Army.

About 350 Greek students volunteered as team cheerleaders, event staff, Olympic town volunteers and various other positions throughout the day.  The fraternities and sororities were joined by Rowdy the Redhawk as they led the “Parade of Teams” to kick off the Special Olympics and the celebration of the athletes.

At the same time, Greek students dropped off the canned food they had collected throughout the spring semester at the Salvation Army’s main building on the corner of Sprigg and Good Hope.  Chapters caravanned in pickup trucks, cars and SUV’s.  One chapter arrived in a donated Ryder truck. 

The result of the students’ outstanding efforts will be announced at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in Academic Auditorium at the All Greek Chapter Meeting.  The total cans donated to the Salvation Army exceed 20,000.  Fund-raising results also will be announced for the following charities:  United Way of Southeast Missouri, Special Olympics of Southeast Missouri, Make A Wish Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society.

Other highlights of Greek Week included a mystery event, park clean-up and Greek Sing.  An Academic Excellence Reception and All Greek Chapter Meeting are scheduled for April 16.