This past year has been challenging for everyone and we have all been learning how to transition our daily lives online. Typically our sorority holds our annual in-person major philanthropy event, Kapture the Flag, here at the school for our philanthropy. This year we had to think differently about how we can raise money virtually since we cannot do our traditional event.
We have supported our two philanthropies, Reading is Fundamental and The Ovarian Cancer Circle, throughout the pandemic. During Winter, we hosted a book drive amongst our chapter where we donated the books to Isla Vista Elementary. This Spring quarter we replaced our major event with a virtual silent auction. We reached out to family and friends, alumnae, local businesses, and UCSB student artists for prize donations. We opened the website for four days where every item sold. As well, we used our CrowdChange donations site to raise monetary donations. We excitedly were able to donate all of our donations to the Ovarian Cancer Circle, an organization we have supported since our late sister passed from Ovarian Cancer at age 20. Our total donations equalled the net amount that our in-person Kapture the Flag event raised in 2019.
Seen through the success of our auction, we will continue to use our passion for philanthropy to work as a chapter to serve RIF and The Circle during COVID. I am currently working with other national KKG chapters to brainstorm new ideas to continue providing service, including a virtual Amazon book drive, packaged food deliveries in accordance with COVID guidelines, and virtual volunteer opportunities. Especially since service hours have been put on pause during COVID, we would like to increase virtual service opportunities within our chapter. Although COVID has challenged the ways we serve the community, we have found successful ways to prioritize philanthropy and plan to continue doing so throughout the pandemic.
As philanthropy chairman, I am able to see how truly rewarding all our efforts are to the community and am able to encourage philanthropic acts. I find philanthropy an incredibly important and rewarding aspect of Kappa. I am incredibly honored to be surrounded by such an incredible group of sisters who dedicate so much time and effort to helping the lives of others.