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April 30, 2016


Pi Phi Angels Fly Above and Beyond for Soonerthon

Pi Phi members continually surprise OU by their passion for Children’s Miracle Network


NORMAN, OKLAHOMA- Soonerthon came to an end by revealing its record-breaking total of $721,941.16, in which Pi Phi played a monumental role Saturday, March 7.

Soonerthon is Campus Activities Council’s official philanthropy and serves as the No. 1 donor to the Children’s Miracle Network. Within the last few years Pi Phi members have been an active part of OU’s fundraising efforts for the Oklahoma City Children’s hospital.

Sophomore Pi Phi Jordan Smicklas was the Soonerthon 2016 Vice Chair of programming and has just been declared the Soonerthon 2017 chairperson. Smicklas is already hard at work planning and fundraising for Soonerthon 2017. Pi Phi as a whole has also jumpstarted on Soonerthon fundraising. At OU’s Sooner Scandals, Pi Phi received the Soonerthon award for raising the most money for Soonerthon during Scandals weekend.

In addition to Smicklas’ personal investment in Soonerthon, 21 Pi Phi women served on Soonerthon Executive Committee this year. Throughout the school year, Pi Phi Reese Bell, who served on Soonerthon’s Operations Committee, maintained an unofficial car service among her peers, which she named “Ruber” like the well known car service,“Uber”. Bell charged her friends a five-dollar donation to her Soonerthon Donor Drive. In total, Bell’s Ruber service raised $573 for Children’s Miracle Network.

Although raising money for Children’s Miracle Network is important, the women of Pi Phi choose not only to invest in the grand total, but also in the children the total benefits. The Children’s Hospital Foundation gives OU organizations a miracle child to spend time with and whom becomes the face of their fundraising efforts.

However, Pi Phi went above and beyond and invited Pi Phi’s 8-year-old miracle child to a slumber party at the Pi Phi house. Every member called her “Princess Parker” and she spent the night in the Presidential Suite. Princess Parker declared it was “the greatest night of her life.”

When asked about Pi Phi’s consistent dedication to Soonerthon, Pi Phi’s President Lindsay Briggs commented “Philanthropic service to others is one of Pi Phi’s core values and is very important to us. Participating in Soonerthon, CAC’s official philanthropy, is just one of the ways we stay true to who we are.”

Join Pi Phi in their Soonerthon fundraising efforts by making a donation to the link below:


Pi Beta Phi

12 women founded Pi Beta Phi on April 28, 1867 at Monmouth college. Pi Beta Phi was the first secret society for women and organization to establish an official philanthropic focus: children’s literacy. University of Oklahoma established the Oklahoma Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi in 1910. The Oklahoma Alpha chapter annually hosts Food Trucks Arrow & Ducks to raise money for First Book: an organization that provides underprivileged children with their first book. Pi Phi’s founding values are integrity, lifelong commitment, honor and respect, personal and intellectual growth, philanthropic service to others and sincere friendship. Pi Phi’s official symbols are the arrow and the angel; its official colors are wine and silver blue.

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