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4-H House Spring Philanthropy

4H House is one of the many diverse and amazing Greek houses here on the University of Illinois Campus. Similarly to the others, we participate in hosting a philanthropy event each year. The cause we at 4H House support is one that is unique, and very personal to us. About 17 years ago our house suffered a great loss when two of our House sisters and members, Jackie and Jennifer Esworthy, were killed in a repeat offender drunk driving accident while driving home with their parents one evening. After the accident, their parents, Jim and Barb Esworthy, created Journey. Journey’s purpose is to raise money to purchase cameras for police cars and officers, in order to catch repeat drunk drivers and keep them off the road. Our goal is to give everyone “a safer Journey home.”

When 4H House decided to help raise money for Journey, two annual events were created. Etas Bake was scheduled for the fall semester, and the Euchre Tournament was planned for the spring. This April we put together and held one of the biggest and best tournaments we have ever had. We had 33 teams enter and participate in this year’s event! That is by far one of the largest turnouts we have ever had, with past participation averaging only 17 teams. We also raised over $600 for Journey during just this event. This year we were also honored to have the Esworthy’s themselves come and speak to all the participants in the event about Journey, how it was created, and how it has grown over the years. Our top three teams from Nabor House, Triangle, and Alpha Gamma Rho were all presented with prizes at the end of the night. It was an intense battle in the end, but Josh Marten and Devin Hammer from Nabor House were crowned the tournament winners this year. Everyone had a lot of fun, and hopefully this event can continue to grow in the following years!

Please check out our photos at https://www.facebook.com/4hhouse/photos_stream.

Jordan Flewellyn

Philanthropy Chair

 

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