Published: September 14, 2017

Theta Chi Fraternity Announces 2016/2017 Operation Military Red Award Recipients

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Theta Chi Fraternity is proud to announce the Iota Sigma Chapter at Towson University as the recipient of the 2016/2017 USO Fundraising Award and the Alpha Chi Chapter at Syracuse University as the recipient of the 2016/2017 USO Service Award.

In 2015 the Fraternity launched “Operation Military Red”, a friendly competition between chapters that tracks the dollars raised and the hours served in support of the USO. The competition is open to all Theta Chi Chapters and colonies and takes place during each academic year.

Two separate awards were developed for Operation Military Red. The Fundraising Award recognizes the chapter that raises the most charitable contributions for the USO. The Service Award recognizes the chapter that commits the highest number of combined service hours for the USO.

This is the second consecutive USO Fundraising Award for the Iota Sigma Chapter. The chapter has been very successful with “G.I. Theta Chi”, a weeklong series of fundraisers and events which includes a banner making competition, a boot camp competition with military themed events (push up competition, tug of war, obstacle course), and operation shoebox/letters to the troops during which students assemble care packages and write letters to send to troops overseas. Additionally, Iota Sigma sold G.I. Theta Chi shirts throughout the week. In total, the chapter raised $21,518 for the USO.

The USO Service Award is the first USO award for the Alpha Chi Chapter. Similar to the Iota Sigma Chapter, the brothers from Alpha Chi held a weeklong “G.I. Theta Chi. They held a pizza and cookie sale, made cards to send overseas to the troops, hosted a social media challenge, a banner making contest, and a boot camp competition that consisted of military themed events. Alpha Chi sold G.I. Theta Chi shirts throughout the week as well. In total, the brothers served 1,005 hours for the USO.

During the 2016/2017 school year, Theta Chi chapters reported raising $143,225.27 and contributed 18,927 hours in support of the USO. Thank you to all of our chapters who participated in Operation Military Red. To be considered for the 2017/2018 USO Awards, reports of dollars raised and hours served must be turned in by June 1, 2018. For information on how to properly submit your chapter’s USO fundraising/service information and tools to help plan an event, check out the Operation Military Red page on our website.

In 2013 Theta Chi Fraternity embarked on its first ever philanthropic partnership with the United Service Organization, commonly known as the USO. For over 75 years, the USO’s mission has been to strengthen America’s military by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. Theta Chi is proud to have partnered with such an outstanding organization and looks forward to continuing and strengthening our partnership in years to come.

 Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 185,000 initiated members and has established 235 chapters. Leadership development, personal development, and service to alma mater are fundamental to Theta Chi Fraternity’s mission.

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