By Faith Jarrell
Student Life Editor
On Friday, Oct. 27, the sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, held its annual fall fundraiser in the form of a casino night in Hynson Lounge. The event ran from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The event also had an admission fee. The admission fee was $10 and included payment for food, music, and 10 poker chips. There was also the option to enter oneself into the raffles for $5, however the price for admission was not included in said offer.
The casino night was held to raise money for AXO’s philanthropy, which is sexual assault and domestic violence awareness. The proceeds from the event went directly to the Mid-Shore Council On Family Violence, which is located in Easton, Md. Member of AXO, junior Vice President of Chater Relations and Standard, Julie Cinderella, called the Council a “good resource for domestic violence survivors.”
“They have shelters, resources, everything, and all five counties on the eastern shore are mid-shore counties,” AXO president senior Abigail Collins said. “AXO, our headquarters, asks us, instead of donating to a big fund like other sororities, to give back to the community that we’re based in.”
The five counties that the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence cover is Queen Anne’s County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, and Talbot County.
As for the casino night itself, three separate tables with three different games were set up throughout the night. The three tables consisted of blackjack, poker, and roulette. Food and drinks were also available. At each of the games, poker chips that were won could be traded in for raffle tickets.
Those who gathered raffle tickets could trade them in for one of six raffle baskets. Each had a different theme, such as the 70s, a self-care basket, Chestertown favorites, a coffee date, a WC bundle, and a bundle for students who are over the age of 21.
The sorority also tabled in Hodson Hall the week prior to the event, giving out purple pens and pins.
“This one is to honor and raise awareness for domestic violence month which is this month, it’s a big month. That’s why we have a lot of purple…it’s the color for survivors,” Collins said.
According to a post on the AXO Instagram about purple out week and domestic violence awareness month, the sorority hopes that others “Join [them] in raising awarness, supporting survivors, and making a difference.”
Photo Caption: Students gathered to Alpha Chi Omega’s Casino Night, where they could stop at a table and play either blackjack, poker, or roulette.
Photo courtesy of Abigail Collins