For the past eight years, Outright Vermont has organized one of the most creative fundraising events possibly ever conceived -to further its mission to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth- the Fire Truck Pull. The event sets teams of 12 participants against one another to see who can pull a real fire truck 30 feet up Church Street the fastest. Before the actual event, the teams fundraise in hopes of qualifying to pull by reaching the $1,500 mark.
This year, 11 teams competed raising over $30,000- a new record for the event. Although the UVM Greek Community has always been given the opportunity to pull, this was the first year that we actually surpassed the $1,500 dollar minimum. But in Greek Life Fashion, not only did we pass our mark, we raised double the minimum and surpassed our own personal goal by $1,000. Through alumni donations, chapter donations, money raised from can drives and bake sales, we were able to raise over $3,000 and rank third in amount of money raised.
Although we’ve lost our title of fastest pull, we should be proud of our efforts as a community to come together and challenge the misconceptions of what it means to be part of the fraternity or sorority.