Fraternity Members Dedicate Summer to Charity


Three members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity are spending the summer helping people with disabilities.

John Cullen and Crosbie Jarrett are working as support crew for the Journey of Hope, a cross-country cycling event, while Patrick Lucitt is participating in Build America, a six-week team event that travels the nation promoting accessible recreation. Both programs are part of Pi Kappa Phi’s national philanthropy The Ability Experience, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing funding and volunteer labor to numerous establishments that assist people with physical and mental disabilities.

To participate in the adventures, Cullen and Jarrett were each responsible for raising $2,500. Lucitt raised $1,500 to serve as a project manager for Build America. Throughout the previous school year members of Pi Kappa Phi conducted events to help with financing.

Cullen is taking the TransAmerica route, which left from Seattle on June 6. It will pass through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

On the South route, Jarrett left Long Beach, Calif., June 14. He will pass through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

For Build America, Lucitt will visit North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

Build America will reach its conclusion in Chicago on July 28, and Journey of Hope will culminate in Washington, D.C., Aug. 11.