Another way that IFC men help give back to the community and charitable organizations is through the organization of and participation in philanthropic events. Every IFC chapter at the University of Florida organizes at least one philanthropy annually, with some having one each semester. From cheerleading competitions to a Miss Greek pageant, to an Earthball tournament, IFC fraternities get creative in finding fun and exciting ways to raise funds for their charity of choice. Chapters from the other councils, especially the Panhellenic Council, participate in IFC philanthropies, and vice versa. Another large philanthropy with considerable Greek involvement is Dance Marathon at UF. Dance Marathon features students who stand and dance for 26.2 hours in support of children at UF Health Hospital on campus and is the largest student-run philanthropy in the Southeastern United States. This year alone, DM at UF reached a new milestone by raising over $3,026,420,19 for the Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health.
Chicken Wing Charity Thing
In 2010, the Interfraternity Council held the first ever ‛Chicken Wing Charity Thing‛ for the Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Hospital. Each IFC chapter prepares their own style of 800 wings. A panel of judges taste each chapter’s batch of wings and decide the winner. Additionally, chapters from the Panhellenic Council compete for the best tasting dessert. Over the last five years, the event has raised over $60,000. Checkout this year’s event on Facebook for more information and to buy presale tickets.