Our new Member of the Week is Valerie Genzano! Valerie joined LKT last semester as apart of our Xi Class, and is now our Philanthropy Chair.
Q: As Philanthropy Chair of LKT, can you describe to us why you believe philanthropy is an important part of this society?
A: I think philanthropy is an important part of not only this society, but daily life for everyone. Philanthropy is something that’s widely underrated in the grand scheme of importance and that should not be the case at all. It is important to LKT specifically because giving back to the community is an extremely important part of who we are. I know all of the active brothers and alumni will tell you that we are a group who cares, not only about ourselves and our films and projects, but about the community. Philanthropy is a way to show that.
Q: A project near and dear to LKT's heart is being brought back this semester. Could you talk to use about that?
A: Yes! The Holliday-McMullin project is back underway! Previously named the Holliday project, we changed it to Holliday-McMullin in remembrance of a Brother who passed away due to complications with Cystic Fibrosis over a year ago. This year, to bring it back, we thought it would be best to have this project focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We are planning to film in May and I can’t be more excited! I think it will be beautiful, and another incredible way to give back to a community that gives so much to us!
Q: In addition to this, one of LKT's biggest events, Relay for Life, is tomorrow! Now is your time to through the best pitch ever, and get everyone to come!
A: RELAAYYYYYY! You should allllll want to come to Relay because it is an incredible way to have fun with your Brothers, engage in competitions with other on-campus groups, see Max in drag, and most importantly, remember an honor those who have been affected (directly or indirectly) by cancer. It is an amazing opportunity for all of us, and a way that we can really make a difference! We’ve already raised past our goal and I couldn’t be prouder! Now let’s take a trip around the world and Relay for those who can’t!
Q: Finally, how would you like to see philanthropy evolve and develop for LKT in the coming semesters?
A: Oh gosh, I want nothing more than for Philanthropy to evolve into a “bigger deal” for LKT. I feel that it’s so important and we can do so much more for the community, even now! I couldn’t be happier to have had all the support this semester with all of the baking and crafting and Relaying and Holliday-McMullin-ing, and I can’t wait to see what comes of next semester. We have already raised money for three incredible charities through our sales, over $1000 dollars for ACS through Relay, and we’re about to raise a lot of awareness through the Holliday-Mcmullen project. I would like to top allllll of this next semester to make LKT a more philanthropy centered group.