Copper, a beagle mix, wandered around anxiously, dodging the adoring squeals of girls and the mob of hands that reached down to pet him at the Puppies on the Porch fundraiser hosted by the Pi Beta Phi sorority and the Sigma Chi fraternity on Friday.
More than 300 people attended the event, which raised money for the Greek organizations’ principle philanthropies, First Book, which provides new books for low-income families, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Proceeds also went to the Lenawee Humane Society, a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Adrian, Mich.
The 12 puppies that participated in the event came from the Lenawee Humane Society, which manages 108 animals on a budget of $27,000 a month.
LSA sophomore Sarah Gilberg, vice president of philanthropy for Pi Beta Phi, said she was glad that her sorority came together with Sigma Chi to put on the event.
“Well, everyone loves puppies and we thought that this would be a good event to fundraise for our philanthropy,” Gilberg said.
Sasha Wilkerson, assistant shelter manager at Lenawee Humane Society, said she hopes that the event was successful in raising awareness about abandoned animals.
“(We want) to give a lot more exposure and let people know that there is this problem going on,” Wilkerson said. “There are animals that need our help, so the more people that can help, the better.”
LSA junior Anna Peters, a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, said she was excited to see the puppies, adding that the event was a unique method to raise money for charity.
“This is an awesome way to raise money for their philanthropies … Everyone wants to see puppies,” she said.
LSA junior Olivia Roser said that as a member of a sorority, it was a great opportunity to support other Greek organizations.
“It is good to support other Greek organizations’ charity events,” she said. “It won’t work unless we have people that come to our (events) and we go to other organizations’ (events).”