Nearly 200 people celebrated the Pi Kappa Phi/Best Buddies “Second Chance Prom” on Feb. 17, 2018, at the feature gym at Purdue’s Recreational Sports Center.
The event allows adults and students with special needs to have a prom they probably didn’t have in high school. Fraternity members and more than 100 sorority members from 11 chapters hosted clients of the Arc of Tippecanoe, a local special needs agency, along with students from Lafayette Jefferson High School. Games included beanbag toss, basketball, balloon toss among other activities over two hours.
The prom kicks off various events associated with Pi Kappa Phi’s War of Roses during the next month. Sororities earn points for attendance, sheet signs, empathy dinner participation, t-shirt sales along with talent competition ticket sales and finalists. The talent competition will be held on March 22 in Purdue’s Loeb Playhouse.
“I’m really proud that we were able to do the Pi Kapp/Best Buddies Prom this year with the Arc of Tippecanoe and Lafayette Jefferson High School,” said Livan Artega, chapter Ability Experience chairman. “Seeing everyone interacting together whether it was playing basketball or any other activities really put smiles on everyone’s faces and it was a great thing to witness.”
Pi Kappa wants to thank the following sororities that sent representatives to the prom:
Alpha Xi Delta
Alpha Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Sigma Delta Tau
Zeta Tau Alpha