Each Connor member has a personal commitment to service, both in and outside of the house. Connor girls participate both in the initiatives designated by the house, and in countless projects both at Davidson and in their lives at home. Every member of Connor is required to participate in 10 hours of Connor- sponsored service, however, over and over again our members prove their commitment to service by going well beyond this requirement.
The experience and knowledge that comes from performing community service and coordinating student-run and organized events of this scale has proven to be a valuable asset for many Jesters. We believe that the presence of service to others through the organization of Connor House is central to our role in fulfilling Davidson College’s mission to “assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service.”
Hands-on service is an important element of being actively involved in the improvement of the greater community. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Connor House members will join with Carolina Breast Friends to create inspirational quote jars for breast cancer patients, and put together chemotherapy kits for women currently undergoing treatment. For more information on how you can join this initiative, please email Meredith Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connor House participates in the philanthropic fundraising efforts of several different organizations.
Jay Chitty: The Jay Chitty Tennis Tournament is an annual event sponsored by Connor House with Kappa Alpha fraternity in honor of James F. Chitty IV ’07, a Davidson student who passed in a plane crash during the winter of his senior year. Jay was the tennis captain, so this tournament features a variety of doubles teams of all levels of experience, and raises money for a scholarship in his name.
Frankelfest: The John Frankel Memorial Scholarship Kickball Tournament is an annual event hosted by Connor House and Kappa Sigma Fraternity in memory of John Frankel. The event–which features kickball, cornhole golf, and a barbeque, among other things–was started in 2011 to establish a scholarship in Frankel’s name. The hard work of John’s family and friends has since raised over $150,000 for the scholarship, and we look forward to continuing to support their efforts.
Bosom Buddies: Bosom Buddies is an annual fundraising campaign and charity gala to raise money for Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test. The event includes a catered dinner, live and silent auction, raffle, and guest speakers, and hosts over 300 students, parents, alumni, sponsors, community members, and friends. Last year Connor House raised over $74,000 for Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test!