Pi Kapps took it in the face on April 18 all in the name of a fallen brother and helping sick children.
“Pi a Pi Kapp,” now an annual event to support the Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM), was held in the west foyer of Stewart Center on campus. For $1 per condiment, passers-by could make a “pie” to smear in the face of a fraternity member.
A total of 23 brothers participated in the event over a five-hour period which raised $158 for pediatric cancer research at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Also, an information table was set up near the “pie” station giving offering information about Purdue students who were treated at Riley, but died as undergraduates. Pi Kappa Phi’s David Feltner, who died in 2011, was one of those former students featured there.
As students visited the table, they could look at photos of Feltner, learn his life story and watch to a short video about his journey and legacy with PUDM.
Chapter members who volunteered to be smacked in the face with a ”pie” included:
Kyle McCallister, Kyle Jensen, Nate Parker, Michael Bailey, Louis Limburg, Luke Oldford, Alex Bispham, Trevor Perry, Hunter Graybill, Garrett Vinyard, Luke Hendriks, Joey Krampen, Chris Jones, Jacob Banter, Kyle Claussen, Grant Gauthier, Dan Murray, Patrick Cole, Campbell Boston, Connor Wood, Johnny Cappetta, Max Isch and Phil Kim.
Krampen and Pat Cole are two of a long line of Pi Kappa Phi members who serve on the PUDM executive board.
The 2019 PUDM will take place on Nov. 9-10. PUDM has raised more than $7 million for cancer research since 2005.