The fraternity will begin its first-ever Abilities Week starting on Monday, Sept. 18, which will conclude with the Seventh Annual David Feltner 72-Hour Memorial Bike a Thon.
The six days of programming will take place at the base of the Purdue bell tower, across the mall from Wilmeth Active Learning Center, next to Hovde Hall. The Ability Experience, the national philanthropic outreach effort of Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity, will be the beneficiary. The events coincide with Purdue’s homecoming week activities.
- 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 18, Pie a Pi Kapp whereby passers-by can smear a “pie” made up of ingredients selected by the donor in the face of a fraternity member.
- 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19 Snow Cone Stand. Folks can buy snow cones of their favorite flavor. (Depending on the availability of supplies and power, this event may be moved to the front lawn of the fraternity house, 330 N. Grant St.)
- 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20 through 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, Seventh Annual Feltner Bike A Thon will occur. The event features two or more stationary bike riders continuously for 72 hours. Riders commit to raising at least $10 per hour while riding. Spectator will also be able to donate funds at the site.
Brandon Cutler, associate dean of students for fraternity, sorority and cooperative life was the first Purdue administrator to commit to riding. He’s scheduled for 4 p.m., on Friday.
Typically, Pi Kappa Phi alumni who come to campus to experience homecoming ride one of three bikes that will be available at the bell tower to remember their late brother and support the annual fund-raiser.
The Bike A Thon is named after Feltner, a chapter member who died in 2011 from a rare form of childhood cancer when he was a Purdue student. Feltner’s parents – Candy and Steve from Noblesville – will ride the final five minutes of the event as they have done each year since their son died.
David Feltner was a very active participant in Ability Experience programming while an undergraduate and was in the first group of chapter members to volunteer in special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School. The daily assistance in those classes continues yet today.
For more information or to schedule a time to ride, contact chapter Ability Experience chairman Adam Kunovski at 219.793.3583, firstname.lastname@example.org