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Cory Lee, Holly Durante and Emily Cronin accept the Greek Week philanthropic gift on behalf of Crossroads for Women.

The University of New Mexico’s fraternities and sororities raised a record-breaking $28,000 for a local organization during their annual Greek Week.

The money will go to Crossroads for Women, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit organization that provides housing and therapeutic services to empower New Mexico women emerging from incarceration.

“We are so honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2023 Greek Week’s fundraising activities,” Cory Lee, Executive Director of Crossroads for Women, said. “Their generous gift will allow us to continue providing everyday needs like food, clean clothing, housing, and services to the women of Albuquerque and their children.

This was the first full Greek Week held since 2020 and students raised nearly three times as much money as they set out to. In addition to the philanthropic gift, the organizations collected more than 1,000 hygiene products for Crossroads for Women. It’s likely the most money ever raised for an organization during UNM’s Greek Week, according to Chris Brooks, UNM Fraternity & Sorority Life advisor. 

“I have never been this proud of a group of students I’ve worked with. I’ve been at UNM for five years and this has been by far the best Greek Week I’ve ever experienced, they were so focused on the mission and they put so much work into it,” Brooks said. “My jaw is still on the floor that they raised so much money in less than 10 days.” 

The week kicked off with a service day at Albuquerque’s public parks, where students picked up trash and cleaned bathrooms in different areas across town. The organizations also participated in game and trivia nights, a casino-themed event and Greek Sing, held at Popejoy Hall.

The Greek Week winners were Pi Kappa Alpha, of the Interfraternity Council, Chi Omega, of the College Panhellenic Council, and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., of the Multicultural Greek Council.

Greek Week was held from Feb. 25 to March 4.