Dancing with the KAs – South Carolina Donates $25k to Camp for Children with Disabilities
On Friday November 1st, Rho chapter at the University of South Carolina hosted their annual philanthropy event for Camp Cole, Dancing with The KAs. The event is held each year to raise funds to complete construction of Camp Cole, an ADA-compliant, state-of-the-art facility currently being built in the Midlands of South Carolina for children and adults facing various physical and mental health challenges. The fundraiser at Stone River in Columbia, attended by more than 430 brothers, parents, and friends, featured six dancing teams, each team with an active Rho member, competing for audience donations in a friendly dance contest. At the end of the night, Dancing with The KAs raised a total of $24,500 for Camp Cole. This year’s success marks Rho chapter exceeding the $100,000 mark for cumulative donations to Camp Cole, as the chapter has raised a total of $108,500 since the event’s origin four years ago.
“It is truly special to be a part of such an incredible cause and to support an amazing organization like Camp Cole. We are thankful for our unique relationship with Camp Cole and look forward to what’s to come in the future.”
“It is truly special to be a part of such an incredible cause and to support an amazing organization like Camp Cole,” said Number I Jack Fallon. “Our chapter is very grateful for those who have paved the way in the past to make this event what it is and to raise the amount of money we have for Camp Cole. We are thankful for our unique relationship with Camp Cole and look forward to what’s to come in the future.”
As the chapter’s official philanthropy, Camp Cole has a unique and special history with Rho Chapter. The inspiration for the camp comes from Cole Sawyer who passed away from cancer in 2004. Father of Cole, Scott C. Sawyer was a member of Rho Chapter ’1984. Cole’s mother and wife of Scott, Stacy, was very instrumental in the dream for Camp Cole. Stacy recently passed away in 2016, and inspired Rho chapter to donate to the Cole & Stacy Sawyer Memorial Foundation the previous three years with the Dancing with The KAs event. The camp’s leadership and founders consist of Kelsey Sawyer Carter, daughter of Scott Sawyer, and additionally Margaret Deans Fawcett Grantz, sister of active chapter member Rutherford Fawcett and alumnus Donald Fawcett (’18). Scott Sawyer currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors.
Outside of Dancing with the KAs, Rho chapter has been very involved with volunteering at several Camp Cole events around the Columbia area. In particular, over forty members volunteered at the “Sprint to Shine 5k” in September, which helped the chapter win University of South Carolina IFC Fraternity of the Month for September.
Submitted by John McGee “Jack” Fallon ’16, Number I