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Virginia Tech fraternity raises $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — Fraternities on college campuses are known for their parties and fellowship. They are also known for their philanthropy. At Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the Tau Kappa Epsilon Chapter has reached an important milestone in its work to help cure childhood cancer.

The Virginia Tech chapter raised $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over a five-year period.

In fact, in just one week, the Tau Kappa Epsilon Chapter raised $250,000 through several events, including social media challenges, a volleyball tournament, and the battle of the bands, where every student who reached a fundraising goal shaved his head.

“It was amazing to see so many people on campus coming together to support such a great cause,” said Mark Ebner, president of philanthropy at Tau Kappa Epsilon. “About $100,000 of the $250,000 came from outside the Brotherhood and I couldn’t be more grateful for their support. I just hope other people see the success we’ve had and realize that they can make a difference too.

Each event was held in an effort to raise funds to support St. Jude and its fight against childhood cancer, according to a press release from the fellowship. Tau Kappa Epsilon at Tech is the first fundraising chapter in the history of the national fellowship partnership with St. Jude.

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