Founders’ Day

February 19, 1852 is a date never to be forgotten

Founders’ Day is a time for Phi Psis around the world to honor Founders William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore who, in 1852, started a Brotherhood that has impacted each of us deeply. Today, Brotherhood in Phi Psi spans across 100 campuses with over 6,500 undergraduates and 80,000 living alumni.

Undergraduate chapters and alumni associations are encouraged to host Founders’ Day celebrations to connect with one another and celebrate 168 years of Phi Kappa Psi. The theme for Founders’ Day 2020 is “I am a Phi Psi,” a reminder to all that brotherhood in Phi Psi extends beyond just your collegiate years. Join the celebration by posting to social media using #iamphipsi for the chance to be featured on the Fraternity’s social channels. Have a specific Phi Psi story you’d like to share? Complete this form or email marketing@phikappapsi.com.


Save the date for Founders’ Day of Giving | February 18-19, 2020

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Foundation are excited to host our second annual day of giving in honor of Founders’ Day 2020! Founders’ Day of Giving is 48-hours for Phi Psis, family and friends to join in support of our undergraduate fraternity experience. This Founders’ Day, you can celebrate your membership in Phi Kappa Psi, shape the future of our brotherhood, and leave a lasting legacy while supporting the next generation of Honorable Men.

Your unrestricted gift to the Phi Psi Fund during day of giving will go directly towards funding alcohol abuse prevention and hazing prevention education, health and wellness initiatives, scholarships and leadership development programs designed specifically for today’s undergraduate men.

Want to do more to support our undergraduate brothers? Join Phi Psi ambassadors across the nation who will be spreading the word on social media and raising funds this Founders’ Day of Giving.

Read highlights from Phi Psi’s first-ever Founders’ Day of Giving.

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Hosting an event?

Register your event by completing the Founders’ Day event submission form. Upon completion your event information will be added to this page within two business days. Please note the Fraternity will send out two emails to all members regardless of location between January 10 and February 14, 2020 with information about finding local Founders’ Day events.



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2020 Founders’ Day Events

Hosted by: Alabama Alpha
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Location: Alabama Alpha Chapter House (312 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405)
Time: 12 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost:
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 15

Join Alabama Alpha for a Founders’ Day celebration held in conjunction with parents weekend.

To RSVP please contact Marc Robins at 205-799-2066 or pkpchapteradvisor@gmail.com.

Hosted by: Arkansas Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Oaklawn Racetrack (2705 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901)
Time: 12 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost:
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 15

Join for the Arkansas Alumni Association’s annual “Founders’ Day at the Races” event. The celebration will be held at the Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Alumni Association’s annual meeting will be held at 10:00 am in the Executive Board Room of the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center located at 400 Convention Blvd. in Hot Springs, just prior to the beginning of the day’s Founders’ Day celebration at Oaklawn.

To RSVP please contact Glenn Lockeby at 501-690-5401 or glenn@lockeby.com.

Hosted by: Charm City (Baltimore) Alumni Association and Maryland Delta
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location:Alexander’s Tavern (710 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231)
Time: 11 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $35
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Feb. 14

Join the Charm City Alumni Association on Sunday, February 23 to celebrate Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity’s Founders Day! Our celebration this year will take place at Alexander’s Tavern in Fells Point from 11am-1pm and include a buffet lunch. The cost for the event is $35 per person (alumni, undergraduates, and guests).

Please RSVP no later than Friday, February 14 to charmcityaa@yahoo.com. Payment can be made in advance via PayPal.

Hosted by: Charlotte Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Burtons Grill and Bar of Charlotte (1601 East Woodlawn Rd A, Charlotte, NC 28209 )
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost:
RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Join the Charlotte AA for a Founders Day Lunch celebration. This is a great time to reconnect with brothers. The event will also serve as our 2020 membership drive – $25.00.

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, February 11 to Alex Jankowsky at jankowa1@yahoo.com or 704-491-5433.

Hosted by: Columbus Alumni Association and Ohio Pi
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Burt Morgan Center (150 Ridge Rd., Granville, Ohio 43023)
Time: 12 pm – 2 pm
Cost: $30 alumnus/ $30 guest/ $20 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 13

Enjoy an afternoon with undergraduate brothers from Central Ohio Phi Psi Chapters. National SWGP Bob Marchesani (IUP ’79) will be our featured speaker and honored guest. Enjoy a delicious lunch and and be inspired by Bob and your brothers. Special thanks to Denison University and the Ohio Pi Chapter.

To RSVP please contact Mitchell Grant at 614-431-4330 or mitch.grant@lfg.com.

Hosted by: Garden State Alumni Association
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Location: Town & Country Diner/Restaurant (177 US-130, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 )
Time: 11 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: $30 alumnus/$30 guest/$20 undergraduate
Dress Code: Badge attire recommended but not required
RSVP Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3

Join us for our annual Founders’ Day Brunch. We invite alumni in the area to share in our gathering of fellowship and brotherhood. Undergrads from all of Phi Psi’s NJ Chapters will be in attendance to share news about their chapters. We hope to see you there.

To RSVP please email Michael McDermott at mpm@mpmcdermott.com or call 732-740-9658.

Hosted by: Houston Alumni Association
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Location: Capone’s Oven & Bar (2303 Richmond Ave., Houston, Tx 77098)
Time: 5 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $25 alumnus/$25 guest/$15 undergraduate
RSVP Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 9

The Houston Alumni Association of Phi Kappa Psi is celebrating the Fraternity’s 168th Founder’s Day! Alumni, active members from all chapters, spouses and guests are welcome to attend.

The event ticket provides the following: (1) Entrance to the event in the second floor private room ; (2) Appetizers (served from approximately 5:00 – 5:30 pm); and (3) Dinner (salad and pizzas; served from approximately 5:45 to 6:45 pm). There will be a full service cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhiPsiHoustonAA/

For more information please contact Brother Chuck Brandman (HAA President): brandman@pdq.net; or Brother Dustin Nicholson (HAA Vice President): nicholsondustin@yahoo.com.

Hosted by: Illinois Epsilon
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: Medici (120 W, Normal St., Normal, Illinois 61761)
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $20 alumnus/$20 guest
RSVP Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 23
Dress Code: Business Casual

The Men of Phi Kappa Psi Illinois Epsilon would like to invite alumni and current brothers to attend our Founder’s Day Event where we will come together to celebrate our legacy of Honorable Men. The $20 fee covers the cost of your plate.

To RSVP please contact Christopher Recendez at crecend@ilstu.edu or 847.372.4260.

Hosted by: Kansas Alpha
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Kansas Alpha Chapter House (1602 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044)
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: $15 alumnus /free undergraduate
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 13

The fun starts with the KU vs. OU game at 11 a.m. For those who don’t have tickets to the game, we will have a watch party at the Chapter House for alumni and undergraduates.

Founders’ Day lunch at the Chapter House will begin AFTER the game concludes.

A bus to Lawrence will leave the Price Chopper at 95th and Mission Road at 9 a.m.

To RSVP please contact Nick Reddell at nickreddell@gmail.com.

Hosted by: Mississippi Alpha
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd., Oxford , MS 38655)
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cost: $65 alumnus/$65 guest/$50 undergraduate
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Jan. 31

The men of Phi Kappa Psi are looking forward to hosting an exciting evening of events for undergraduates and alumni on to celebrate our 168th Founders’ Day! This year’s main event will be held at Oxford Conference Center. Saturday night will begin with a cocktail hour from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm with a cash bar (soda, wine, and beer available). Dinner will follow at 6:30. The menu is being catered by Taylor Grocery Catering

Please RSVP via evite: http://evite.me/mrTebFCpC8

For more information please contact Sarah Hopkins at sksprink@hotmail.com or 662-801-0280.

Hosted by: Middle Tennessee AA
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Holiday Inn Vanderbilt (2613 West End, Nashville, TN 37203)
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $35 alumnus/$35 guest/$35 undergraduate
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Feb. 14

Founders’ Day Banquet for all Phi Psis in the Middle Tennessee region. Our Speaker will be National President David Moyer, who will update us on current events and plans for the national organization and headquarters. We also have a block of tickets for the Vanderbilt-Georgia basketball game that tips off at 5:00 pm. Be sure to let us know if you want a game ticket in addition to the banquet reservation.

To RSVP please contact Byron Cain at 972-207-9712 or bchome@texastourstrade.com.

Hosted by: Nebraska Alpha
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: The Country Club of Lincoln (3200 South 24th Street 3200 South 24th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502)
Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $25 alumnus/ $25 guest/ $0 undergraduate
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 8

To RSVP contact Tom Henrion at tomhenrion@bellsouth.net.

Hosted by: North Florida Alumni Association and Florida Alpha
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location: Wilderness Cabin (1900 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308)
Time: 12 pm – 2 pm
Cost: $15
Dress Code: Badge attire recommended but not required
RSVP Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 23

Co-hosted by the North Florida Alumni Association and the Florida Alpha Chapter, the Founders Day Luncheon will follow a traditional agenda with introductions and recognition awards. The event also serves as the annual meeting of the North Florida Alumni Association for the purpose of electing officers. The only cost is for the buffet meal.

To RSVP please email Sam Ashdown at sga_jr@yahoo.com or call 850-893-8041.

Hosted by: Oregon Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub (112 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204)
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $30 alumnus/ $30 guest
RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Join for a night to catch up with old friends, learn about what happened this past year, and plans to reorganize the chapter. This is an event for all Oregon Alpha alumni.

To RSVP please email Mike Petitt at mike.petitt@comcast.net.

Hosted by: Oregon Beta
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Reser Stadium (660 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331 )
Time: 4 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $50 alumnus/ $50 guest/ $40 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Feb. 7

Join brothers from Oregon Beta and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Executive Director Ron Ransom to celebrate 168 years of Phi Psi.

To RSVP please email Tyler MacMaster macmastt@oregonstate.edu at  or call 541-632-0722.

Hosted by: Lafayette Alumni Association and Pennsylvania Theta
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Event Center at blue (4431 Easton Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18020)
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $60 alumnus/ $50 guest/ $31.50 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 2

Celebrate the 151st anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania Theta at Lafayette College and its service to the College and the City of Easton. Hosted by the Penn Theta Chapter and Housing Corporation, we hope you are able to join us at this annual event and reunite with old friends.

Please RSVP via this link or by emailing Janine Casey at caseyj@lafayette.edu.

Hosted by: Philadelphia AA
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Con Murphy’s Irish Pub (1700 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: 
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 22

The Philadelphia Alumni Association invites you to celebrate Founders’ Day at Con Murphy’s on February 22, 2020 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The event will be a social gathering with food and drink available to purchase a la carte.

Please RSVP to pkpphillyaa@gmail.com.

Hosted by: Pittsburgh Alumni Association
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: Cocktails at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm
Cost: $70 Undergraduate / $100 Alumnus
Dress Code: Jacket and tie required
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Join us for dinner at the Duquesne Club (325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) to celebrate our 168th Founders Day, hosted by the Pittsburgh Alumni Association. Founders Day is always a great time and a great networking event – complete with brothers, dinner, cigars, and a few games of pool! We’re looking forward to a great event and seeing everyone there.

We will be going to Blend cigar bar after the event.

To RSVP please email pittsburghphipsis@gmail.com and mail your check made payable to the Pittsburgh Alumni Association to:

Ron Demay
1031 Sarvis Drive
Bethel Park, 15102

Questions? Email pittsburghphipsis@gmail.com or call Evan Haines at 412-715-9190.

Hosted by: Rubber City (Akron) Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Hilton Akron/Fairlawn (3180 West Market St., Akron, OH 44333)
Time: 6 pm – midnight
Cost: $100 alumnus/ $55 undergrad
Dress Code: Jacket and tie requested
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 22

Please join us as we celebrate the 168th year of our Founding. We will be receiving updates on past and future events from the Ohio Iota Chapter and the Rubber City AA. We will also celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ohio Iota regaining its charter. This year’s Founders’ Day theme as “I am a Phi Psi” which serves to remind us that our fraternity is something that stays with us throughout our lives. Brothers, friends of Phi Psi and other area alumni will enjoy a fun program well into the evening!

Please RSVP via evite here by Friday, Feb. 22. Questions? Contact Timothy Lynskey at tskey@maits.com.

Hosted by: Saint Louis Alumni Association
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: LoRussos Cucina (3121 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63139)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $55 alumnus/ $55 guest/ $35 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Our traditional meeting will commence at 5:30 at LoRusso’s Cocina. The famous St. Louis Italian dinner will feed your body, an engaging speaker will grow your mind, and the fellowship will nurture your soul.

5:30 Beverages & Nonsense
6:30 Meal & Program
8:00 Songs & Adjournment

Checks payable to St. Louis Alumni Association Phi Kappa Psi mailed to:

Mark Solomon
8001 Rosiline Drive
St. Louis, MO 63105

Or send money through PayPal to stlpkpaa@gmail.com

Hosted by: Seattle Alumni Association and Washington Alpha
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Graduate Seattle (4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105)
Time: 5 – 9 pm
Cost: $69 alumnus/ $69 guest thru Jan. 31, then $79 each after
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Feb. 28

The event is moving to the Graduate Seattle in the U-District. This historic hotel is just a Dawg walk way from UW campus and the Washington Alpha chapter house. The hotel features the Mountaineering Club, a rooftop bar with panoramic views of Seattle.

Free parking is available near the chapter house on 22nd and paid parking at the hotel. Hotel rooms are also available at the Graduate.

Registration is open to all Phi Kappa Psi alumni, spouses, guests, undergraduates, and parents. Capacity is limited to 150, so sign up early!

Agenda:
4:00 – 5:30 PM – Chapter House tour and mixer
5:30 – 7:00 PM – Cocktails, hors d’oeuvre and silent auction
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Dinner, announcements and awards
9:00 – 10:00 PM – Enjoy the Mountaineering Club views and return to Chapter House

Please RSVP via the eventbrite site here by Friday, Feb. 28. Questions? Contact John Brendel at john.brendel@comcast.net.

Hosted by: South Central Louisiana Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Location: Lafayette Petroleum Club (111Heyman Blvd, Lafayette, Louisiana 70503)
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $30 alumnus/ $30 guest/ $23 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, March 12

Our annual Founder’s Day Banquet begins with a cocktail hour for libations and fellowship followed by an excellent meal. Our keynote speaker this year will be Brother Gordon Letterman (West Virginia ’72) and the program will conclude with chapter updates from LA Alpha and LA Beta.

To RSVP please contact Lonnie Richard at 337-898-5849 or laphikappapsialumni@gmail.com.

Hosted by: South Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Lakewood Ranch Country Club (7650 Legacy Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 )
Time: 11:30 am – 2 pm
Cost: $25 alumnus/ $25 guest/ $20 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Friday, February 14

Join for a Founders’ Day luncheon with our ladies. We’ll be joined by guest speaker David McDonald (Beloit ’82).

Lakewood Ranch CC is gated, tell the guard you are going to lunch at the clubhouse.

To RSVP please contact Robert Greene at 941-524-0253 or rg27masten@aol.com.

Hosted by: Texas South Plains Alumni Association and Texas Beta
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Location: McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center (2521 17th Street, Lubbock, TX 79409)
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Cost: free
RSVP Deadline: Friday, January 24

TX South Alumni Association and the TX Beta Chapter will celebrate Founder’s Day on January 25 with keynote speaker Major General Walter Huffman USA Retired. Brother Huffman served as the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army from August 5, 1997 until September 30, 2001. Following his distinguish military service career, Brother Huffman served as a law professor and dean of the Texas Tech law school until 2009. Whether it was serving as the U.S. Army’s top attorney or dean emeritus of Texas Tech’s law school, Brother Huffman has always been a leader and brings a wealth of knowledge that you do not want to miss.

The good times will continue with a tailgate at the lodge until tip-off of the Kentucky basketball game (game tickets not included).

To RSVP please contact Brother Ian Imhoff at 630-849-5916 or ianimhoff@icloud.com.

Hosted by: Toledo Area Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Pinnacle (1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio 43537)
Time: 5 – 8:45 pm
Cost: $50 alumnus/ $50 guest/ $25 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 15

5:00 – 6:15 pm Happy Hour
6:15 – 6:45 pm Opening Remarks, Alumni Association Presentation, Toasts, Innovation
6:45- pm Dinner
7:30 – 8:45 pm Recognition of Guests/Chapters/Brothers, Past GP speech, Speaker(s), Scholarships, Awards, 50/50 Raffle, & Ritual Meeting.

To RSVP please contact Daniel Steel at tolaapkp@yahoo.com or 419-690-6730.

Hosted by: Twin Cities Alumni Association and Minnesota Beta
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: TCF Bank Stadium (420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455)
Time: 6:30 – 9 pm
Cost: $45 alumnus/ $45 undergrad
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Feb. 14

Founders’ Day 2020 is back for the second straight year at TCF Bank Stadium. We are thrilled to come together to celebrate successes of both past and present. The event is a formal gathering that will include:

  • Social Happy Hour
  • Banquet dinner
  • Guest Speaker
  • Scholarship/Award Ceremony

With GAC coming to Minneapolis in the summer of 2020, we’re excited to host another successful Founders’ Day to celebrate the bonds we all share.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phi-kappa-psi-founders-day-tickets-90058410129

Hosted by: West Virginia Alpha
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location: Erickson Alumni Center (100 Anerson Street Apt 333 1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown, WV 26507 )
Time: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: $75 alumnus/ $75 guest/ $50 undergraduate
RSVP Deadline: Friday, April 10

Program and Brunch at the Erickson Alumni Center, including special recognition of our 1970 pledge classes celebrating their 50th Year in Phi Psi. We have also reserved a luxury suite so that ALL of us can attend the Blue/Gold Spring Football Game.

Dress will be casual since we will be attending the football game!

To RSVP please contact Zach Mendelson at 412-841-5569 or zach.mendelson@epicbrokers.com.

Hosted by: Western New York Alumni Association
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Cole’s (1104 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222)
Time: 5 – 9 pm
Cost: $90 alumnus/ $90 guest
RSVP Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 15

Join the Western New York Alumni Association as we celebrate 168 years of Phi Kappa Psi and 70 years since the original founding of the New York Eta chapter! Our annual meeting and banquet will be held at Cole’s in the Elmwood district of downtown Buffalo.

A block of hotel rooms are available under WNY AA at the Residence Inn on Delaware Ave.

Please contact wnyphipsi@gmail.com to RSVP and for more information.

Please RSVP via the eventbrite site here by Friday, Feb. 28. Questions? Contact John Brendel at john.brendel@comcast.net.







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