Pi Kappa Phi’s EAC raises $15,000

Neliana Ferraro

Pi Kappa Phi’s Electric Ability Carnival raised more than $15,000 for their philanthropy, The Ability Experience. About 900 students and 100 Pi Kappa Phi members attended the first annual event. Many students dressed up in bright colors and wore glow stick bracelets. They danced to three different DJs, the headliner being DJ Zehti.

The event was a big undertaking for the fraternity. One of their biggest concerns was buses and whether people would arrive in time to get to the event. Mark Boulas, the event’s head organizer, said towards the end of the event, “people flowed out in a way where the buses were constantly running. So it’s not like anyone was really waiting for very long.”

The Carnival was an alcohol-free event. Oakdale Theatre workers patted down people as they waited to get into the Dome, but, according to Boulas, only about 10 people ended up being turned away for intoxication. Fraternity members escorted these students back to main campus and brought them to Student Health Services.

The philanthropy event has brought a lot of attention to Quinnipiac’s Pi Kappa Phi’s. Boulas said other chapters are looking to plan similar fundraisers for their campuses. The event might also attract more students on Quinnipiac to go out for the fraternity during recruitment. Boulas said he hopes it will attract “the right guys to come out to recruitment because they’ll see that philanthropy is important to us and hopefully it will be important to them.”

For pictures and more information on the event, view the Storify article below.