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$3,000 Raised by Lamar this Fall

From softball to shaving, the Gamma Xi Chapter at Lamar University has found some creative ways to connect with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “The KA Chapter of Lamar University is the largest and most dedicated group of volunteers that MDA Southeast Texas has the pleasure of working with,” said Development Director Nicole Turvey. “We know that we can count on them to lend a hand whenever our families need it.”

Last month the chapter raised $2,500 through “Softball for Strength,” a double elimination softball tournament held at Ford Park in Beaumont. The event featured face painting, concessions, and raffles, including karate lessons, restaurant gift cards, and passes to Top Golf.

The tournament was the first of its kind, envisioned by the Gamma Xi Chapter in hopes of becoming an annual occurrence. “The event meant a tremendous amount to the chapter, and I was really impressed with how much everyone came together,” said Number I James Bowen, who has taken his dedication to eradicating muscular dystrophy to a new level, now working as an intern in the Southeast Texas MDA Office.

“It has helped shape my KA experience to be a lasting and fulfilling experience. I have made genuine memories and friendships, but Softball for Strength was the icing on the cake for me. I was able to see all the chapter’s hard work come together, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a KA.”

Gamma Xi’s philanthropic efforts did not stop there. The chapter launched a November campaign Mustaches for Muscles, in which brothers seek out sponsors to donate for every day of the month they grow facial hair. If a brother “caves and shaves,” he refunds the sponsor for the remaining days or matches the donation to the MDA.

“Mustaches for Muscles has been a great way to start conversations about muscle diseases and all the progress that MDA has made just over the past six months,” said Bowen. The chapter is close to reaching the $500 goal set for the campaign.

“Softball for Strength and Mustaches for Muscles are two unique events that the KAs founded for our region,” said Turvey. “The best part about working with the KAs is that they constantly surprise me with their willingness to sacrifice their time and effort for our MDA families.”

With KA’s support, the Southeast Texas MDA Office is helping 300 families fight muscle disease. The national organization boasts five new FDA-approved treatments developed in the past few years, along with over 50,000 patients treated. “Many families had much more to be thankful for this holiday season due to the genuine efforts of the KA chapter of Lamar University,” said Nicole.

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