Teeter-Totting for a good cause

Lifestyles

The Alpha Gamma Delta Kappa Beta chapter at Missouri Western had their 28th annual event “Teeter-Totter-A-Thon.”

The event took place at Kelly Commons at Western. The event was that it was $1 for treats. The treats were mik, popcorn, soda and doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts. If you paid $3, you were able to get an airbrush tattoo printed on yourself.

The philanthropic partner that is being supported is “Fighting Hunger,” and they focus with “Meals on Wheels” and “Fighting Hunger in America.” Before their current philanthropic focus, it was diabetes. Alpha Gamma Delta President Kaylnn Copenharve talks about the reason.

“We were focused on diabetes a couple of years ago, and they changed because there is more service opportunities,” Copenharve said. “We still give to diabetes, but now our philanthropic focus is fighting hunger because so many people in every community can relate to the problem.”

The “Teeter-Totter-A-Thon” got moved back a little bit. Senior member Emily Justice explains further on the reason.

“We moved to this because I think they found a more need for feeding America,” Justice said. “Since we have a lot of scarce areas just for like fresh food and kinds of things like that. We wanted to move to a different focus, and those are the two biggest companies that focus on that need.”

Each member took two hours shifts at the event as the event went on from 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. the next day.

The money given to Alpha Gamma Delta also goes to the Alpha Gam Foundation and the money goes to education leadership trainings. Some of the money also goes to “Feeding America” and “Meals on Wheels.”

The “Teeter-Totter-A-Thon” lasted all night from 11 a.m. on Oct. 23 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 24. There is a reason for the event being all night.

“It’s always been a tradition for the event,” Justice said. “I know that all chapters will go for 24 hours outside their houses.”

The teeter-totter was done for all the events thus far, and the chapter does something else with the teeter totter, according to Philanthropic Director Kourtney Chaney.

“Last year, they did little snack bags and this year it was airbrushes. So, not as carnival themed, and it was stuff that was easier to carry,” Chaney said.

What grabbed people’s attention most was the airbrush tattoos.

“I think that airbrush tattoos grabbed people’s attention this year because it’s not something you see on campus all of the time. It’s hard putting flyers out with different types of advertisement. It gets old eventually,” Chaney said.

Alpha Gamma Delta picks two signature events to do in the school year. One in the fall and one in the spring. So, for fall 2018 the event was “Teeter-Totter-A-Thon” and the spring it will be another signature event that supports their philanthropic partners. The event has been receiving more attention as they years go on.

“I know during the day it was super popular especially with the airbrush tattoos. I think that got a lot of people going. But, it’s always been fun. I feel like every year we get more people that actually want to ‘teeter-totter’ with us because a lot of people kind of assume you can’t almost. I think it’s because it’s like our event. So, a lot of people just kind of walk by and assume that we are there for fun,” Justice said.

Alpha Gamma Delta Kappa Beta is looking forward to doing this event, and others, in the future.