By Abby Wargo
Student Life Editor
On April 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., the brothers of Kappa Sigma (KE) will hold their bi-annual pancake breakfast at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in downtown Chestertown.
The event is held each semester to benefit the chapters’ two philanthropies, the Military Heroes Campaign and Prostate Cancer research at the University of Virginia, where the fraternity was founded.
President of Kappa Sigma Patrick Mariboe said, “100 percent of the proceeds raised at the breakfast are split evenly between both groups, so having the event twice a year simply allows us to raise more funds for these two great organizations and allows us to connect with, and, more importantly, feed the many students at Washington College.”
The pancake breakfast has been a tradition since the conception of the WC chapter in 2006.
“We first started doing it because we were looking for an event that could unite the campus and Chestertown community in pursuit of service above self,” Mariboe said.
Last semester’s breakfast broke the fundraising record for KE, and became the largest fundraising event for the chapter to date. Nearly 700 people came throughout the course of the day, and the brothers raised $3,250 for their two philanthropies.
“We’ve always had great attendance from each sorority, fraternity, and sports team on campus, as well as professors and Chestertown natives. The support we have received from the community is incredible.”
The breakfast is all you can eat, and includes menu items like pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast, tater tots, juice, and coffee. They have received donations from businesses such as Rise Up Roasters Coffee for the event, and make sure to purchase more food than is necessary so they don’t run out of supplies during the event.
Feeding the Chestertown community is a lofty undertaking, so each brother has his own specific task that he performs each semester.
Senior Stuart Grosvenor, who has been a member of KE since his freshman year, said, “The general tradition is that each brother has his own task. Your big teaches you his position so that you can take over for him.”
Grosvenor and Bo Lail, another senior, said that their specific jobs are to brew coffee and cook eggs at the breakfast.
A newer addition to the event is the delivery service that allows students who are unable to attend the event in person to still receive a home-cooked breakfast.
“It’s pretty popular, and it really helps to boost sales even more,” Lail said.
The brothers have set up a table located in the lower level of Hodson Hall to promote and sell tickets for the breakfast. The entry fee is $5, which can be paid in advance or at the door.