Chi Psi at UVA has a long history of supporting the Gordie Center through our semesterly philanthropy programs. Although we had to cancel our annual spring philanthropy event, Waffle Lodge, we remain devoted to supporting the Gordie Center and its mission. In lieu of Waffle Lodge, we are participating in this online fundraiser with a goal to raise $3,000 to donate to the Gordie Center. To reach that goal, Chi Psi at UVA pledges to match donations to this campaign up to a total of $1,500, doubling the impact of your gift to the Gordie Center. In addition to our $1,500 match, the Gordie Center is running a larger campaign with a match up to a total of $15,000—so all funds raised by Chi Psi’s campaign will be matched again, tripling our impact and support of the Gordie Center.
In 2004, Lynn Gordon "Gordie" Bailey, a Chi Psi Brother at the University of Colorado, passed away as a consequence of alcohol overdose after a hazing event. Later that year, his parents founded the Gordie Center, a national nonprofit that has impacted hundreds of thousands of students across the country through its programs and educational efforts. The Center has been based at UVA since 2010, is headquartered in Charlottesville, and is an active member of the UVA and Charlottesville community.
The donations we raise through this virtual fundraiser will be directed to the Gordie Center’s current campaign to raise $5 million so that evidence-informed, student-tested materials and programs can be provided to students and universities nationwide for free. An urgent need for the Gordie Center brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is funds to create educational video content to continue reaching students in distance learning environments. Our donation will support that urgent need, as well as advance the Gordie Center’s program creation, evaluation, and distribution, with the ultimate goal of ending hazing and substance misuse, and promoting safe and effective bystander intervention nationally.
We appreciate any contribution in our campaign to raise $3,000 to enable the Gordie Center to continue their national battle against the nationwide epidemic of hazing and substance misuse. Monetary donations will directly benefit the Gordie Center, and each donation is tax-deductible. We hope you will consider donating to help end hazing and substance misuse on college campuses. Thank you for your support!