400 attendees. 1,600 latkes consumed. $6,780 raised for charity (so far).
Those were the results of Latkefest 2013 on Thursday at Kent State University's Cohn Jewish Student Center. The annual latke-eating contest and philanthropy event is a collaboration between the Alpha Epsilon Pi Phi Deuteron chapter and Hillel at Kent State University.
The money raised from Latkefest goes to support one of AEPi's national philanthropies, Save A Child's Heart, an Israeli-based humanitarian project that aims to improve pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries.
Philanthropy efforts occurred throughout the last two weeks around the Kent area. This year's event set a new record for attendees and dollars raised for charity, a product of the teamwork between AEPi and Hillel over the last several months.
Social media overflowed with positive comments about Latkefest on Thursday. The Latkefest Twitter account shared the following status: "Thanks to the Greek and Kent Community we were able to raise over $6,000 for Save a Child's Heart!! That's beyond impressive! Thanks again!"
"We're so proud of AEPi and what they did as a brotherhood," said Jennifer Chestnut, Hillel's Executive Director, who is in her 15th year in the position. "Latkefest is a great example of Jewish leadership on campus. This project was started five years ago by Victor Newman and his class of brothers. To see it continuing with such success is a testament to AEPi's commitment to philanthropy. We're already looking forward to next year's Latkefest!"
See the full gallery of Latkefest 2013 photos on Hillel at Kent State’s Facebook page.