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Kappa Alpha at the University of Virginia has continued its excellence throughout the 2019-2020 school year. During the fall semester we hosted many successful social events including a trip to the Vineyard and our Christmas Formal, as well as held our first annual Gator Roast party, which was a huge success.
In the spring, we had another great rush and brought in a well-rounded pledge class, but unfortunately these new members were not able to experience some of the best bonding moments during pledging as their time was cut short due to COVID-19.
Unfortunately, the fourth-years’ time at the Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha Order came to an abrupt ending, but their legacy and compassion for the house will carry on with us in the future. Sadly, they have missed their last Paddy’s, Crawfish, Parents Formal, and Foxfield, but their hard work to plan events and their dedication to the Order will ensure that the future of the house will remain bright. Click here to see the highlights from the nine 2020 graduating fourth-years from the spring classes of ’17 and ’18.
We are glad to announce the launch of our new philanthropy. Unfortunately, the First Annual Henry Reed Classic (Soccer Tournament) planned for April 3, 2020 was cancelled due to the novel coronavirus. The 3 vs 3 soccer tournament on mad bowl is our way of honoring our late brother Henry Reed, who passed away from brain cancer in August 2019.
The event raises funds for the Soccer Without Borders organization in Baltimore, with raffle funds and donations going to the American Cancer Society. We hope to hold this event in the near future. If you would like to donate, please Venmo Nick-Roche-5 with “Henry Reed Classic” as the subject, or contact current philanthropy chair Andy Hui at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November we organized our first annual Gator Roast party. We had a massive turnout and made new traditions for many years to come.
We would like to sincerely thank our alumni advisor Rick Jones ’70 for helping to renovate our previously known “concrete room,” into a state-of-the-art multipurpose room renamed to the “Reed Room” to honor Henry Reed. Further renovations were done to the kitchen: counter-tops near the sink were installed, the floor was finished, and cabinets and drawers were built in to maximize storage space.
As current members of 600 Rugby, we are actively seeking and welcome any and all donations to the house and at this moment we kindly ask for some help from our alumni to help fund restructuring of our house, furnishing, and outdoor landscaping. Donations can be submitted here or you may Venmo Nick-Roche-5 with “Support KA UVA” as the subject.