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USD campus to host PIKE Fundie Run clothing fundraiser

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Pi Chapter at the University of South Dakota, will host a “Fundie Run” at 5 p.m. on April 17 in the Muenster University Pit Lounge. This is the final event of the PIKE Week of Service.

The “Fundie Run” will raise clothing donations that the men of Pi Kappa Alpha will donate to domestic violence shelters in the area. Often times, families enter the services of the shelter with nothing but the clothes on their back and they will not receive new clothing or toiletry items until a donation has been made. In order to meet that need, the men of Pi Kappa Alpha want people to participate in this event in order to raise awareness about this issue.

The concept of the “Fundie Run” is very simple. Participants enter the event in clothing that they would be willing to donate to local domestic violence shelters. As they compete in a short course run, participants will shed different layers of clothing at various checkpoints in the race. The discarded clothing will be donated to the shelter. This is event is a great way to have fun, while still giving back to the community.

This "Fundie Run" event will conclude a weeklong effort to raise awareness about domestic violence. Events such as Change for Change raise awareness and funds for local domestic violence shelters. Members of Pi Kappa Alpha and local sororities will also live in boxes outside the Muenster University Center in efforts to collect clothing, toiletries and monetary donations for shelters in Sioux City, Iowa, Vermillion and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Both college students and members of the community are encouraged to participate. For more information regarding these events, please visit the “PIKE Week of Service” Facebook page. For further information regarding PIKE Week of Service, please contact Seth Lopour at (605) 295-0842 or Sean McCann at (605) 391.0826.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News