Tournament proceeds to aid families

November 10, 2010

by Zach Beaird, Staff Reporter

Students put their game-face on for charity at Alpha Epsilon Delta’s sand volleyball tournament Saturday. 

Tech’s chapter of the national health pre-professional honor society hosted the tournament at Trinity United Methodist Church to raise money to help needy families during the holidays for the organization’s service project, Project HEAL.

Alyson Goeders, AED secretary, said this is the AED’s first year participating in Project HEAL and the organization hoped to raise enough money to be able to help several area families.

“We’re trying to raise money for those in need,” Goeders said. “We’re going to use the money to provide families with baskets full of food and toys so that they may have a better holiday season.”

Goeders, a senior biology major, said AED has a list provided by the Volunteers of America with the names of 50 families in the Ruston community. She said the baskets will be distributed to the families at Memorial Gym along with toys and a visit from Santa for the children.

Goeders said AED has been collecting donations from local churches and business, as well as holding the sand volleyball tournament in order to raise sufficient funds.

The tournament, which will be the only event fundraiser for Project HEAL, hosted 10 teams and had a $20 entry fee per team, raising $200 to fund the service project.

Teams were guaranteed at least two games and the winners were rewarded a $50 gift card to the Dawg House. Todd Castleberry, Austin Chewing, Jake Spoon, Justin Barnes and Kevin Marty, also known as “Rhode Island Highway Patrol,” took home the grand prize for the tournament.

Ryan Lirette, a senior biology major, helped the AED organize the tournament and also participated. He said he thinks the fundraiser was very successful for its first year.

“We attracted a good crowd for our first event like this, and they will just get bigger as we learn how to conduct this kind of tournament,” Lirette said.

He said he is glad that so many people came out to play and support AED and their charitable cause.

“It’s a good thing for people who have things to share with those who are less fortunate,” Lirette said. “It’s great seeing so many students and faculty from Tech come to support and give to those who can’t provide for themselves.”

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