Hillsdale’s leadership honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa, is hosting a fundraiser at Rough Draft on April 12 in which five percent of all the purchases that day will go to Hillsdale High School. This is its fundraising event for the year and the choice to partner with a local company to benefit the community directly is very intentional, according to ODK member Charlotte McFaddin.
ODK is a national leadership honorary made up of five senior men and five senior women who are recognized for their academic success, leadership, and service to the community. One of its goals is to select members who will make an impact on their communities following their time at Hillsdale. The money from the fundraiser will go to the English department at Hillsdale High School to buy more books.
“One of ODK’s main missions is not only developing leadership on campus, but facilitating connections between the Hillsdale community and the college,” said McFaddin. “Rough Draft is a perfect example of a company that is frequented by both students and members of the community.”
Rough Draft has done other fundraisers in the past, and owner Haley Talkington said she anticipates more in the future.
“We like to participate in fundraisers that support the community,” Talkington said in an email.
April 12 is ODK’s national day of service so its members decided to have its one fundraiser this year on that day in celebration. According to McFaddin, every year is different, but this year they thought it would be great to support the community directly.
“The national organization gives a lot of leeway with what we can do,” McFaddin said. “Literacy and education make a lot of sense for an honorary.”
The idea for the event began in December, and ODK first reached out to Rough Draft about a month after, according to McFaddin.
“We’re really excited to have them on board as a new business in the community and to see how everyone in the community is excited to have a new coffee shop,” McFaddin said.