Phi Kappa Tau sponsors auction for good cause
By Carol Franch
Senior Photo Editor
Members of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity crowded the stage in the Chavis University center on Sept. 23 to participate in an auction to help raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which helps children suffering from chronic illnesses.
|Photo by Carol Franch
Richard Benner (left) and Shawn Burkett pose for a photo during the auction.
The Victory Junction Gang Camp creates camping trips for the children that are fun and safe.
The organization was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for their son, Adam, and opened in the summer of 2004.
"We're just out here to auction off the boys for a good cause," said Doug Thompson, president of Phi Kappa Tau.
Richard Benner started the auction with a quick and witty introduction of each brother. He named their interests, as well as their love profiles.
After the introductions, the bidding started at a minimum of $5. The first few bidders were cautious, but as time passed, you could tell that they were saving their money for a chance at their favorite Phi Tau.
Joe Evans was a crowd favorite when he serenaded the crowd with two love songs under dimmed lights.
After going to the highest bidder, each of the men was available for up to four hours.
"They can have the brothers do anything that is reasonable and respectful," Thompson said.
Many planned on putting the brothers to work and getting their apartments cleaned. The highest bid placed was for Matt Chambers who went for $220. Bennet Harris also created an uproar when his bidding started at $65 and his final bid came to $189. Another high bid went to Odell Brown, who cost $115.
Last semester, the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity raised $2,200 for the same organization. They sat outside the Chavis University Center from March 29-31 on an eight-by-four foot scaffolding raising as much money as they could.
Three fraternity brothers sat at all times, and they shared six-hour shifts.
The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity supports the Hole in the Wall Gang, which is a no-fee camp for youth. The camp, located in northeastern Connecticut, is one similar to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.