Cookout to Knockout ALS
Phi Delta and Kappa Delta come together every March and put on an event called the Cookout to Knockout ALS to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This event honors the fathers of two Kappa Delta chapter members, Macon Cornick and Ally Petrilli. Both men were community leaders who, upon their diagnoses with ALS, actively devoted their lives to ALS research and finding a cure. ALS is a detrimental terminal disease that destroys the central nervous system, and while current research seems promising, there remains no cure and little treatment. Phi Delta Theta is one organization that is committed to finding a cure through their national philanthropy project, the ALS Association. With this shared interest in mind, both chapters have teamed up to Knockout ALS.
Over the past five years, Kappa Delta and Phi Delta Theta have raised $66,000 that has gone towards the North Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association and the Joe Martin ALS Foundation. The event is always on the lawn of the Phi Delta Theta house and is a fun afternoon with delicious food, music from a talented live band, and a raffle and silent auction with items that are high in demand. Look for an advertisement on the Kappa Delta Alumnae Facebook page next spring for details about the next Cookout to Knockout ALS!