Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is hoping that their Camp for a Cause event April 8-10 will be a chance for different student organizations on campus to come out and support a variety of philanthropies.
There will be many different teams competing in tug of war, obstacle course, and even a Selfie Olympics. In addition to the competition, students will also pitch tents and spend the night on Cruz Plaza.
Teams can also donate money, and the team that raises the most money and earns the most points will be rewarded 60 percent of the total money raised for the charity of their choice. Second and third place will then get 25 percent and 15 percent of the profits, respectively.
The registration fee is $50, which is due by April 6, and they will also be selling t-shirts for the event.
Last year, ATO put on Camp for a Cause for the first time and were shocked when 11 different organizations raised around $4,800 for charity.
“If you want to do this, we want you to be a part of it,” said Drew Winslett, a member of the fraternity.
Phi Mu won the overall pot and was able to donate over $4,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
This year, ATO is setting the bar even higher.
“We’re expecting to raise over $10,000 this year,” Winslett said.
They’re already working on recruiting organizations by sending out representatives to different groups as well as getting out the word through the Bear Blurbs emails.
“We want to get more than Greeks,” said Drew Winslett, a member of the fraternity.
This year the event will be followed by the Koncert for Kim, which is being held at the Crazy Bull to help raise money for Kim Murphy, a Mercer student who recently lost both of her parents.
“We just wanted to do something special for her that would bring people out,” said Lee Belmer, a member of the fraternity.
The winners of Camp for a Cause will be announced at the show that night.