Fraternity brothers aren’t known for the daybreak hours they keep, but a couple dozen of them showed up at oh-dark-thirty to start pouring the coffee and mixing the batter for the semi-annual Kappa Sigma Pancake Breakfast. All morning long, people wandered through the doors at Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, lured by the irresistible scent of cheesy eggs, bacon, French toast and sausage—all for $5 a head. Frat brothers took turns flipping hundreds of pancakes (more than 500 to be almost exact), mixing eggs, frying up bacon and sausage, and heating the ever-popular Tater Tots and French toast logs.
The fundraiser resulted in more than $2,000 for the two main organizations that the fraternity supports: University of Virginia’s Medical Center for Prostate Cancer Research, which develops cutting-edge techniques for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer; and the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Fund, which is affiliated with the Fisher House Foundation, a group that provides housing to the families of wounded veterans, helping them stay together while veterans receive treatment.
“To us this is a cool thing to do because not only do we have brothers and family members in the military, the cancer center where we donate the money is only a stone’s throw from where Kappa Sigma was founded,” says Ryan Smuz ’14, president of the Omicron-Phi chapter of Kappa Sigma. The chapter has been sponsoring the breakfast since 2007. “We raised $300 that first year,” he says. “We have come a long way.”
Service is one of the fraternity’s cornerstones, with members expected to volunteer in the community at least 35 hours a year. Members also must maintain solid scholarship, one reason why the chapter has repeatedly won the Loving Cup from the Office of the Provost, which recognizes the fraternity with the highest overall GPA.