Alpha Chi Omega recently put on an event called Throw Paint Not Punches. The goal of the event is to promote domestic violence awareness and to help victims of domestic violence locally.
A lot of planning and hard work went into the preparation for the event. From organizing, painting the banner and filling water balloons with paint.
“It took a lot of water balloons and paint,” VP of Philanthropy McKenzie Bengry said. "Everything was planned and done ahead of time. A few sisters helped immensely with watering down paint filled bottles and balloons.”
Alpha Chi Omega had five buckets of water balloons filled with paint and over 200 water bottles filled with paint.
They used washable paint and used a mixture of paint and mostly water so it would not stain anything.
Alpha Chi Omega showcased various facts about domestic violence and sexual assault on signs that were posted around the green.
“Being a part of Alpha Chi Omega has brought to my attention the dangers of unhealthy relationships and the signs that come with domestic violence awareness and sexual assault,” Bengry said. “In the process of putting on this event, I learned more about the philanthropy that my sisterhood supports and how we chose to acknowledge hard facts like these. To know that we can stand up and speak up for people who can’t, makes me feel grateful to be an Alpha Chi.”
The event started at 5:30 pm, but sisters of Alpha Chi Omega got to the event early to help set up.
Alpha Chi Omega collected donations in exchange for water bottles filled with paint. All donations went to The Peace River Center, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Students and participants could donate money, clothes or toiletry items.
“I love this event because it takes a very heavy topic that is pretty uncomfortable for some people and turns it into an incredibly fun activity. It really helps to make domestic violence a more accessible topic,” Alpha Chi Omega member Stephanie Hill said.
Students who did not bring a donation can still participate in the paint fight. They will not be able to get a water bottle filled with paint, but can still use the water balloons.
“Throw Paint Not Punches was a really fun event," Attendee Nicole Glatz said. "It was a great event to raise awareness for domestic violence as well as a great initiative to donate to the cause. I will be looking forward to the event next year.”
The organization raised around $130 and numerous bags of clothes and toiletry items for The Peace River Center.
This is the third year that Alpha Chi Omega has held this event, and they plan on doing it again next year.