Megan McDonald dressed up as Cinderella while she sits with two other

By Craig Henderson
Student Life Editor

On Monday, Oct. 20, Phi Mu, hosted Pirates and Princesses in Quad E of the Fairlane Center North. This event was part of the Phi Mu Fraternity’s National Philanthropy Day, which is held annually each October. Each chapter nationwide participates in a philanthropy event to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn chapter of Phi Mu works directly with the Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak.

This event replaced the annual Teeter-Totter-a-Thon, which raised about $250 last year. As a first year event, Pirates and Princesses raised $840.
Pirates and Princesses was an event specifically for the children. They were encouraged to dress in an costume and for an entry fee of $10, kids were able to decorate cupcakes, make s’mores, and participate in games. Children received tickets for each game they win or participate in. The prizes included candy, bubbles, temporary tattoos, princess crowns and several others.

There was also an “adult zone” which had Mojito Mocktails, snacks, raffles for prizes from local businesses and a 50/50.

Janelle Hammood, Phi Mu’s Philanthropy Chair, planned the event. Sisters of Phi Mu and some gentleman of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) also dressed in costume to entertain the children.
Regarding a small fee, attendants were able to have their photo taken, which could be made into buttons or key chains. Photos were taken by Jimbo the Button Man. 20 percent of all the money he received was also donated to the children’s hospital.