A day filled with laughter, celebration and multiple weather conditions was in order on March 30 as the chapter celebrated a successful school year alongside their families and friends during Moms Day 2019.
In the morning, moms got the chance to register and drop off gifts for a charity auction later in the day. Then they, along with their sons, got to greet the 20th anniversary running of the Pi Kapp 100, a 100-kilometer bike ride from Zionsville to the Purdue campus. The Pi Kapp 100, along with some of the proceeds from a public and private auction of items donated by family members raises funds for the chapter’s annual fund-raising for the Ability Experience, the fraternity’s outreach program for people with disabilities nationwide.
The Pi Kapp 100 team left Zionsville before 7 a.m. and encountered rain, hail and sleet during the more than 5-hour trip. Then shortly after they arrived, a late-season snowfall began that ran through the 6:30 p.m. banquet.
Auction items included a custom-made dart board, cornhole boards, a board of a multitude of lottery tickets, a board of gift cards from various eating venues along with baskets of snacks and picnic baskets. There was even a Purdue gnome with a Pi Kappa Phi tattoo in the mix.
Nearly $6,000 was raised through the public auction and a yet-to-be determined among through a silent auction and monetary gifts. The funds raised by the day helped offset expenses for the day’s events that included appetizers and an evening banquet in Ross-Ade Stadium.
More than 200 people attended the banquet that featured speakers from the chapter including president Eric Cave, historian Bailey Green, Journey of Hope alumnus Jack Kellison and chapter advisor Pat Kuhnle. Michelle Longo, mother of 2018 present and current IFC president Nate, talked about her experiences with Purdue and the fraternity.
Then keynote speaker was TJ Sullivan, an alumnus of the Indiana University Pi Kappa Phi chapter and a renown public speaker to more than 3 million college students in all 50 states. He challenged chapter members to step out of themselves to serve others. And he explained how the fraternity members are now adopted family members of their sons for a lifetime.