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Phi Kappa Tau beats heat and raises money

By Robert Deckert
Around the Campus Editor

The Phi Kappa Tau fraternity hosted a water balloon fight on Sept. 6 to raise money for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Waterpalooza is the fraternity’s first fundraising event for the academic year. The proceeds are donated to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which is an association that gives free camping experiences to chronically and terminally ill children, while providing year-round support to their families and health care providers.

“This is our national philanthropy,” said Daniel Purdue, fundraiser chair. “This is a sort of exhibition experiment to see how well this type of fundraiser does.”

The event began around 3:45 p.m. and took place at the intramural field behind Lumbee Hall.

Admission was $3 and participants were able to choose sides in this dodge ball styled water balloon fight. Located on both sides of the fields were plastic bins which contained over 5,000 water balloons.

“We’re trying to break the record,” Purdue said. “Our chapter in Florida broke the record by using 50,000 water balloons.”

“This is the first time we’ve had anything like this at Pembroke,” he said.

Another one of the fraternity’s fundraiser accomplishments includes Climbing for Victory, which supports Victory Junction Camp an organization affiliated with Hole in the Wall. The fraternity members stay aloft on scaffolding in front of the UC for 48 hours.

Senior Josh Bunting commented that Phi Kappa Tau members strive for excellent recognition.

“We do a lot of community service,” he said. “We show that we can have fun as well as be responsible.”

Being our first fundraiser of the year, it’s still a pretty good turnout, Purdue said.

We usually have two or three fundraisers for the year and average about $2,000-$4,000 a year, he continued.

“It was really good, a lot of people showed up,” freshman Jordan Hewitt said.

“I heard they got a really good deal on the balloons,” she continued.

It turned out to be a fun filled exciting day. About 25 people showed up and $145 was raised.

This will not be the only one. There will be another Phi Kappa Tau in the spring which is said by Purdue to be there biggest one.

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