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Tech fraternity honored for philanthropy

January 29, 2015

 

KAILEE COURTS
Staff Reporter

 

While most college fraternities are known for partying, the Louisiana Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha is being recognized for their philanthropy.

 

Garrett Anderson, the Kappa Alpha president, said the chapter received the award at an annual conference.

 

“The award was given to the top 10 chapters in the nation who raised the most money for MDA (the Muscular Dystrophy Association),” he said. “We are honored to have been able to be recognized for this.”

 

Anderson, a junior political science major, said MDA and Kappa Alpha have been working together for over 40 years.

From left to right: Garrett Anderson, David Alexander and Austin Bowden, members of the Louisiana Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha, pose with an award for being named a top fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association–Photo by Colin Fontenot

From left to right: Garrett Anderson, David Alexander and Austin Bowden, members of the Louisiana Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha, pose with an award for being named a top fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association–Photo by Colin Fontenot

 

MDA is a nonprofit agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases

 

Austin Bowden, a sophomore finance major, said the money raised goes to research and treatment.

 

“The Muscular Dystrophy Association helps families with the cost of treatments, medical equipment and helps send kids to summer camp,” he said.

 

Bowden said the money also goes to support group sessions for families and professional fees when someone is diagnosed.

 

“The families do not have to pay any of the money back,” he said. “I love that we can help with the expenses so families do not have to worry about it.”

 

Kappa Alpha puts on various events throughout the year to raise money for MDA.

 

David Alexander, a sophomore business major, said the biggest event is a Seesaw-a-Thon held in the spring.

 

“This event lasts 72 hours and it brings in a lot of money,” he said. “There is always someone sitting on the seesaw and we just ask for donations.”

 

Alexander said over $3,000 was made at the event last year

 

“We also partner with Chili’s where they give out coupons and a portion of the bill will go to MDA,” he said.

 

There are also local businesses that donate money in the chapter’s name.

 

“We work with an insurance agency who donates money and we scoop ice cream at the Peach Festival,” Anderson said. “We love the community involvement in raising money, as well.”

 

He said at the conference he attended Kappa Alphas from around the nation were shown what all the money that is raised goes to.

 

“It was really cool seeing the breakdown of what the money we raise goes to,” Anderson said. “Some of the things are very expensive and it is great that we can help in any way.”

 

He said he is glad he can work with his Kappa Alpha brothers to raise money for MDA.

 

“It truly is an awesome organization,” Anderson said. “I am glad we can have fun and raise money for such an awesome cause.”

 

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