South Carolina Chapters Recognized by MDA
Two chapters of Graves Province, Beta Pi (Presbyterian College) and Delta Tau (Francis Marion University), were recognized by MDA of South Carolina for collectively raising over $10,000, making it possible for five children with muscular dystrophy to attend MDA’s annual summer camp. The chapters were presented their awards by Robert Watts, CFRA, Executive Director of the Greater South Carolina District of MDA, at the organization’s annual Toast to Life gala last month. The brothers of these chapters were the only students to be recognized across the entire Palmetto State for so faithfully paying it forward in this way.
In raising these funds, Delta Tau co-sponsored a week of fundraising events with members of the Francis Marion HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapter, including a pool bash, a karaoke night and an MDA banquet. The men of Beta Pi raised thousands of dollars from two different events, including a charity clay shoot with a raffle and a silent auction, and a golf tournament with about 75 participants.
William Haigler ‘16, Beta Pi’s Number III, said that the Toast to Life gala gave the brothers a chance to get acquainted with some of the people who benefit from their fundraising efforts. “We were able to meet a few of the children that we have raised money for,” Haigler said. “One young man with muscular dystrophy that introduced himself to us is Steven Black, a very confident, positive, and outgoing kid, who was very entertaining to talk to. In our conversation I learned that he only lives a few miles down the road from me and attends the same elementary school as I did, and we were also able to relate through shared interest in hobbies like hunting and fishing. Meeting Steven helped my brothers and me feel more connected to our philanthropy efforts, and encouraged us to continue working hard at raising funds in the future.”