FOUNDERS’ DAY 2024 INFORMATION
A personal message from Joel Catania, Beta Pi ’71, Beta Pi Alumni Association Treasurer:
Our annual Founders’ Day dinner will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel (3549 Chestnut Street). The event will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) at 6:00PM followed by a buffet dinner beginning at 7:00PM. For those of you who are in town earlier, we will hold an alumni association meeting at 4:00PM.
The charge for attending the dinner is $130 per person.
As in the past, this amount includes a subsidy to help offset the dinner cost for our active undergraduate brothers. The chapter contributes a portion of the cost for each undergraduate and the alumni association picks up the balance. The additional subsidy required for each undergraduate brother is $40, so we ask each alumnus attending the dinner to include an additional subsidy for at least one of our undergraduate brothers. The alumni association maintains a separate “Undergraduate Assistance Fund” that is used for this dinner subsidy as well as subsidizing travel costs for undergraduate chapter leaders to attend PKA educational programs. Additional donations to this fund are greatly appreciated.
The alumni association needs your support for another reason. In the past, dues and donations to our General Fund have enabled us to break even on the costs of our alumni relations program spearheaded by Elevate, our alumni relations partner. They maintain our database, host our website, provide assistance with the content for our printed and electronic newsletters, publish our monthly e-letters and biannual printed newsletters, and assist us in various other ways to keep our brotherhood connected. These services could not be provided by our small group of dedicated supporters and volunteers. This fund needs to be replenished in order to allow us to maintain our alumni relations communications program.
When we chartered the association in 2003, we had 110 dues-paying members. This number of annual donors has fallen off significantly since then and we have been able to fund our alumni relations program only with the additional support of a core of very generous supporters. I would like to ask you to help us remedy this situation by paying your 2023-24 alumni dues if you have not already done so. The minimum amount is $100; the suggested amount is $150. Your dues and additional donations go into our General Fund, the source of funds for our communications program.
If you are not sure of your dues status for this school year, please send me a NEW message at [email protected] and I will advise you of your status for the current giving year: (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024).
We thank you in advance for your support of our undergraduates and the alumni association. The continued vitality of the alumni association is essential to keeping us in touch, organizing Founders’ Day and other events, and supporting our undergraduate brothers. Please do whatever you can to help by paying your 2023-24 dues, attending the Founders’ Day dinner, and sending in additional donations to support our undergraduates and the Alumni Association.
I remind you again that any replies to this message will be disseminated back to the entire list-serve for everyone to read! If you would like to reply to me personally and directly, please do it with a NEW message.
If you are planning on attending the dinner, please do the following:
1) Send a “Founders’ Day RSVP” email message to me at [email protected] indicating that you will be attending.
2) Send a check payable to “Beta Pi Alumni Assn of PiKA” in the amount of $130.00. If you have not yet paid your dues for 2023-24 (Minimum $100; suggested $150) you may include them along with any additional donations in the same check. If you are not sure of your current membership status, please send me an email. You may also include any subsidy or additional donation in the same check. Please be sure to itemize what your check is for if it includes more than just the cost of the dinner in the following manner:
Dinner: $ ______ / Dues $ ______ / U-grad subsidy $ ______ / Association Donation $ ______
Please mail your checks to arrive no later than March 8, 2024 to:
Beta Pi A.A.
c/o Joel Catania
P.O. Box 7332
Garden City, NY 11530
We hope that brothers initiated in years ending in “4” or “9” might make a special effort to gather one or two of your fellow initiates and join us in recognizing notable anniversaries.
Looking forward to seeing you at Founders’ Day and I thank you in advance for your support of our Beta Pi brotherhood.
Our Founders’ Day dinner has been set for Saturday, March 23, 2023 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel at 3549 Chestnut Street.
We have a room block for 5 rooms for Thursday night, 15 rooms for Friday night and 15 rooms for Saturday night. The nightly rate is $179.00 plus taxes.
For those of you wanting to book a room at the Sheraton you can reserve by clicking on the link below. Reservations are open now and will be accepted up until February 23, 2024.
You may also call the main reservations number at 888-627-7071 and specify the room block for the Pi Kappa Alpha Event Reference # M-R4TDA0E
Here is the reservations link: