Dog Days, now entering its 16th year, is an annual week-long philanthropy run by Northwestern’s Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) chapter. During Dog Days, brothers grill and sell hot dogs for a charitable cause at five locations across Northwestern’s Evanston campus during the first week of May. Last year, Dog Days sold over 6,000 hot dogs and raised $32,000 for our previous beneficiary; we’re the largest Greek Life-run philanthropy on campus. As a growing philanthropy, we’re seeking to increase those totals in 2017 to 7,000 and $35,000, respectively.
This year, Dog Days’ beneficiary will be the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), America’s largest non-profit working on the related issues of mental health and suicide prevention. We are donating to the AFSP this year in honor of AEPi brother Scott Boorstein, who passed away in September 2016. Our donation will be made in his memory, so we can continue the #SelflessForScott legacy. As per the arrangement AEPi has with the Chicago chapter of the AFSP, 50% of donations will stay in the Chicago community to fund community-building initiatives and the annual Out of the Darkness walk, taking place this year on September 23. The other half of our fundraising total will go towards the national organization for funding academic research and advocacy/lobbying efforts. This way, our impact is balanced between supporting long-term national initiatives and having immediate impact in Chicagoland.
In no ways is Dog Days an individual effort. We rely on the entire brotherhood, AEPi Tau Delta Alumni, corporate sponsors, Northwestern University, and donors like you to make Dog Days a success. We appreciate your generosity, and hope to see you on campus May 1–May 5 for Dog Days 2017!!