Celebrating 119 Years of Brotherhood

2023 Founders' Day

Celebrate Founders’ Day with us around the country! Read on for more information about Founders' Day events from Charleston to Seattle and everywhere in between.

On December 10, 1904, a meeting of the loyal Nu Phis was held at Simon Fogarty’s home at 90 Broad Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven men attended the meeting, Andrew Kroeg, Simon Fogarty, Harry L. Mixson, Anthony Pelzer Wagener, Thomas F. Mosimann, Theodore “Teddy” Barnwell Kelley and James Fogarty. The men were students at the College of Charleston and had grown up in the area surrounding the school. After being betrayed by the other Nu Phis whom they had strived to form a brotherhood with, they decided to name their new fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

Over the course of the next year, the men continued to build on the foundation they had laid for Pi Kappa Phi at 90 Broad Street that night, establishing a constitution, holding meetings, recruiting new members and continuing to establish themselves at the college. On December 10, 1905, Mixson’s mother cooked a special meal to celebrate the anniversary of Pi Kappa Phi and the first successful year of the Fraternity.

Now, men of Pi Kappa Phi still come together each year to commemorate the anniversary of Pi Kappa Phi’s founding, known as Founders’ Day. Whether hosting a formal event, sharing a dinner or offering a space for an informal gathering of brothers, many alumni chapters and associations offer opportunities for men of Pi Kappa Phi to come together in celebration of our founding and another successful year of brotherhood. We hope that you are able to celebrate Founders’ Day with us this year, commemorating the night when Pi Kappa Phi was born, while also looking to the future of the Fraternity.

Cities and dates for 2023 Founders’ Day celebrations are listed below. Click on the city name to find additional event details, including the location and time of each event. Please note that not all events celebrating Founders’ Day will take place on December 10.

*If a city name is in black, details are still being finalized. Check back for more information on dates, times and locations in these cities.


San Diego, California
Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
Jacksonville, Florida
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Tampa, Florida
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Arlington, Virginia
Friday, December 1, 2023
Charleston, South Carolina
Saturday, December 2, 2023
New York City, New York
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Atlanta, Georgia
Thursday, December 7th, 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, December 8, 2023
Toledo, Ohio
Friday, December 8, 2023
Los Angeles, California
Sunday, December 10, 2023
Roanoke, Virginia
Monday, December 11, 2023