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Thursday, April 7, 2005

Phi Kappa Tau fundraiser nets $2,200

For two days and nights, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity proved the old saying, “no pain, no gain.”

The 20-member strong fraternity at UNC Pembroke lived on scaffolding outside the James B. Chavis University Center March 29-31 to raise money for critically ill children at Victory Junction Camp.

The Phi Kappa Tau gang, with friends, who raised funds for critically ill children.

The Phi Kappa Tau gang, with friends, who raised funds for critically ill children.

At the mid-way point Wednesday, a very sunburned and happy fraternity President Douglas Thompson said the response was “awesome.”

“We’ve raised more than $1,200, and we’re only half way there,” Thompson said. “The weather was quite pleasant last night, but nobody got much sleep.”

By 10 a.m. Thursday, a check for $2,200 was turned over to Victory Junction’s Betsy Radcliffe.

“You will forever be a part of the Victory Junction Gang,” Radcliffe said. “You are helping 1,100 children go to camp this summer.”

Thompson was even more pleased on Thursday, and in a prepared speech he announced that the fundraiser would be an annual event.

“We’ve been sleep deprived and sunburned, but that’s nothing compared to what the kids who go to Victory Junction Camp suffer every day,” Thompson said.

An eight-by-four foot scaffolding was home to three fraternity brothers at all times in six-hour shifts. One thing they had not counted on was the sun.

“I was burning up last night from this sunburn,” Thompson said. “This morning I have lotion and aloe for the pain.”

A business major from Raleigh, Thompson used all his business skills to pull off the fundraiser.

“It’s about getting the right cause and doing it the right way,” he said. “I’ve been strict on the guys, and we’ve had great help from Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.”

The project caught the attention of several media outlets, including TV 14 News, The Fayetteville Observer and The Robesonian.

“Having fun,” Thompson said. “We want to show that fraternities can be about helping people too.”

In the end, it was about doing a good deed. As business Professor Ed Powers said as he made a contribution, “These guys are heroes.”

A NASCAR charity, the Victory Junction Camp is affiliated with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Association that was created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses with camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering and medically sound.

Victory Junction is supported in North Carolina by the Petty family of NASCAR fame. The mailing address is: The Victory Junction Gang Camp; 4500 Adam's Way; Randleman, N.C.; 27317. The phone number is 336.498.9055, and the Website is

Phi Kappa Tau fraternity may be contacted by calling Douglas Thompson at 919.271.9268.

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