1847 Pledge Champions Awarded their Belts

The 1847 Pledge Challenge is a chapter competition that encourages every member of the fraternity to make a small contribution of $18.47 or more.  The chapters that do well not only get bragging rights, but the winners receive championship belts to display proudly.  Please enjoy the photos from this crazy pandemic year.

The campaign was the brainchild of current Alpha Phi Alpha, Will Woldenberg and past Phi Alpha Barth Gillan.  This is the fourth year of the challenge — and our thanks goes to John S. Lee, Alpha Theta/Waterloo ’97 for his leadership role in this effort this year.

In 2020, with the global pandemic keeping Brothers apart, we were so thankful to have connected with over 600 brothers during these uncertain times. This year, brothers from 63 chapters showed tremendous leadership in coming together for the annual competition. Through your participation and support, $39,708 was raised during the week in support of Zeta Psi. There was some fierce competition throughout the week, too!

This year, we’re excited to award the 1847 Pledge Championship Belt to two champions for the first time:  congratulations to the Phi Epsilon (University of Maryland) and Pi Tau (WPI) chapters. These chapters finished the week with exactly 94 participants each!

Phi Epsilon (Maryland) proudly displaying its Championship belt.
The Pi Tau (WPI) chapter proudly displaying its overall Championship belt, along with past 1847 Pledge Challenge belts.

Congratulations to the champions in our other categories:

  • Top American Chapter – Rho Alpha Chapter (MIT) – 33 participants
  • Top Canadian Chapter – Alpha Theta Chapter (Wilfred Laurier/Waterloo) – 54 participants
  • Top European Chapter – Psi Omicron Chapter (University of Paris) – 15 participants
  • Top Young Chapter – Gamma Psi Chapter (University of Guelph) – 20 participants

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year’s 1847 Pledge Challenge!  Be on the lookout for the next 1847 Pledge Challenge in March, 2021.