Fraternity Brothers Band Together to Raise 80+ Smiles

February 8, 2017 | Smile Train

The Ohio Theta chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at University of Cincinnati recently wrapped up another successful year of fundraising for Smile Train, raising more than $20,000 as part of their Ginger Greek Competition. 

This annual philanthropic initiative pits student organizations against one another in a trivia night, a Santa Relay, and a gingerbread house competition over a three-day period in an effort to create smiles for children in the developing world.

Ginger Greek Smile Train

Former Chapter President Mark Kroeger '11 started Ginger Greek in 2010. Mark was born with a cleft lip, and was inspired to help children who did not have the same access to surgery that he did. Mark’s fraternity brothers, which includes Andrew Kroeger '16 and Jeff Kroeger '18, have continued the tradition every year, growing Ginger Creek and funding 145+ life-changing cleft surgeries to date.

The collective efforts of the 147 Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers, along with the entire University of Cincinnati Greek community, resulted in twice the number of smiles raised this year compared to the previous year, helping to change the lives of 80+ children. “We set an ambitious goal this year, but we were driven to succeed – our brothers would do anything to share the gift of a smile with children in need,” says Jeff Kroeger.

Ginger Greek promotional video produced by David Miller '20.

Sig Ep’s Ohio Theta chapter is grateful to their sponsors who helped make Ginger Greek 2016 such a tremendous success: HORAN, Dental Care Plus, Good Candle, Busken Bakery, Ivy Hills Country Club, Vineyard Vines, and Sizemore & Company.


If you’d like to learn more about ways to help children with untreated clefts, including hosting an event or organizing a school fundraiser, please visit the Get Involved section. Your support can help children receive their new smiles and second chances at life.