Alongside our community service, Mississippi Theta also hosts philanthropic events. Our philanthropy recipient is YoungLife of Starkville. YoungLife is a Christian organization that introduces adolescents to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. Alongside this primary goal, YoungLife fosters other qualities such as leadership and responsibility that are essential to success in any young person. They do this in a number of ways, mostly through mentorship and especially through camps. However, at $650 dollars a child, these camps can be pricey. Our philanthropy events benefit those children and teens of Starkville who are not financially able to attend camp, and the funds raised are essentially a scholarship for these youths.
In the fall of 2019 Mississippi Theta hosted our second annual Bats and BBQ Home Run Derby philanthropy event at the university softball stadium. We are proud to announce that the event was a blast and the chapter raised nearly $7,000 for underprivileged Starkville youths to attend YoungLife camp. We look forward to continuing Bats and BBQ which has become our flagship philanthropy event for years to come.
Alongside our fundraising events, Mississippi Theta also regularly hosts Mississippi Blood Services for blood drives. In the fall of 2019 the chapter hosted the annual Transylvania Bowl Blood Drive. Thanks to our chapter, Mississippi Blood Services was able to park their blood bus in front of the chapter house and in front of the student union for four days in October. The donations that Mississippi Blood Services collects are crucial to saving the lives of Mississippians every day.