CSUN fraternities raise funds for charities

Alison Geller

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Sigma Phi Epsilon will host a game show-like event Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Plaza del Sol, where the winning team’s charity will receive a monetary donation from the fraternity.

The event is called “SigEp Minute to Win It,” after the “Minute to Win It” TV show.  It will consist of seven mini games, like the TV show.

Emmanuel Soto, 19, Sigma Phi Epsilon vice president of communications said the fraternity currently has $200 to give to the winning team’s charity.

Seven charities will be represented. They are Autism Speaks, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Painted Turtle Camp, Reading is Fundamental, Arthritis and Junior Arthritis Research, Alpha Phi Foundation and YouthAIDS.

“We want to show people that we’re actually doing something good for the community,” said Soto, a freshman kinesiology major.  “I know a lot of people usually stereotype fraternities, but we do a lot of community service, such as philanthropy.”

YouthAIDS is Sigma Phi Epsilon’s main charity. The six other charities are represented by sororities at CSUN, and they wanted the fraternity to represent their philanthropies.  The money will go to the winning team’s charity, not to the fraternity/sorority.

“We’re still trying to see if anyone else wants to add more money, but originally we put in $100,” Soto said.  “Then we (got) a sponsor, The Fridge;  a website that is basically a networking website that’s more private for bigger groups, such as companies.  They said they would double whatever we make. We currently have $100 and they doubled it to $200.”

Audience members may participatein the event, said Mckinley Reynolds, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s vice president of recruitment.  But since the teams are representing different sororities’ philanthropies, Reynolds thinks it would be more appropriate if those who participate know the sororities.