Fraters Hold Game Day. Give Back. Event
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Fraters from the Zeta-Lambda Colony (Bowling Green State Univ.) helped to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while watching the Super Bowl Sunday night.
Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted the "Game Day. Give Back" fundraising event in the Union where students were made aware of St. Jude and provided with a big screen to watch the game, refreshments and other football-related activities.
"It's important because we are helping another brother and helping to better society,” said senior and philanthropy chair Frater Paa Kwesi Coleman.
More than 30 years ago, TKE joined the fight against childhood cancer when St. Jude founder Danny Thomas asked the Gamma-Nu fraternity chapter he was part of at the University of Toledo to help him with his cause, as stated on the hospital's website.
At the University's event, information about the patient of the month at St. Jude, a 2-year-old receiving treatment for a solid tumor of the kidney, was posted on the backs of chairs to give students a specific idea of who would benefit from the fundraising. Brochures were also available that provided more information about what the hospital does.
Individual students were charged $5 for the event and a group of seven or more people from an organization were charged $35. All proceeds will go to St. Jude, Coleman said.
During the event, students also had a chance to win prizes in the 50/50 raffle at halftime, including T-shirts, a book store gift card and two Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards that were donated for the event. Cornhole, a 'Madden' tournament and a football accuracy throw were among other activities offered to students. Food from the union including Buffalo wings, chips and pop were also provided by TKE.
Former TKE president, senior Frater Steve Ording helped to get the planning started for the event after he said he learned techniques for planning philanthropy events at a leadership conference at the original St. Jude hospital in Memphis, Tenn. last August.
"The hospital takes about a million dollars a day to run," Ording said. "This [event] isn't a huge contribution but anything helps."
He said they hope in the future they will be able to reach more non-Greek students as there were mainly students from sororities and fraternities at the event.
"It's good just to get anybody here and raise awareness for the hospital. That's most important," he said.
The Offices of the Grand Chapter commend these Fraters on their efforts to promote the international philanthropy. If you held a Game Day. Give Back. event, please share it with us.
Adapted from The BG News report. Be sure to follow the latest TKE News with the RSS Feed, on Twitter or the official TKE Facebook Fan Page (Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity). Submit your news today.