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Thursday, April 15, 2010

UNCP’s Phi Kappa Tau continues unique fundraiser

It was an idea hatched on a whim, but six years later, UNC Pembroke’s Phi Kappa Tau fraternity is “Climbing for Victory” again in 2010.

Phi Kappa TauSenior Eric Terwilliger, event coordinator, was there in front of the James B. Chavis University Center for all six of them.

“I plan to come back and help next year after I graduate,” said Terwilliger, who explained he is a double major. “It’s for a good cause. We’re dedicated and having fun.”

The fraternity hopes to raise more than $4,000 for Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children located in Randleman, N.C. Victory Junction has helped more than 11,000 children and families since opening in 2004 and welcomed children from 47 states and three foreign countries.

Phi Kappa Tau President Enoch Robledeo said three brothers (no sisters here) will stay up on an eight-foot platform at all times for 48-hours from Monday through Wednesday, April 5 – 7.

“We’re out here rain or shine, and it’s supposed to be over 90 degrees tomorrow,” Robledeo said showing off his sunburned arms. “We just got sunscreen in, but this is going to hurt tomorrow.”

It has rained on Climbing for Victory in the past, but it didn’t stop them.

“Two years ago President Clinton came,” Terwilliger said.

“We got a visit from the Secret Service that time,” Robledeo said.

Robledeo didn’t mention whether they contributed or not. No matter, the fraternity continued hawking passersby and selling raffle tickets for a Nintendo Wii.

“Next year, we’re planning a golf tournament – ‘Swinging for Victory,’” Phi Kappa Tau’s president said. “It could be a lot of fun.”

UNCP’s Greeks are active in fundraising and community service and receive Chancellor’s Cup points for their good work. Robledeo said his fraternity participates in Relay for Life, Adopt-a-Highway and several other good causes.

With fair weather forecasted, it looked like smooth sailing with additional orders for sun screen and pizza planned.

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