Kappa Sigma fraternity to host 24-hour philanthropy event “Swingin’ 4 Soldiers” April 29-30


On April 29 and 30, 2017, members of the local Kappa Sigma Chapter at Lake Erie College will volunteer their time to host a 24-hour swing marathon. The event, titled “Swingin’ 4 Soldiers,” will raise money and awareness for the Fraternity’s International Military Heroes Campaign and the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.

Fraternity members have been working to gather sponsors to support the event, which will take place on the Lake Erie College campus from 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29 through 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Donations will be collected from passersby at the intersection of Mentor Avenue and West Washington Street. Individuals may also support the event via the group’s crowdfunding website: www.gofundme.com/swingin-4-soldiers.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support of such a worthy cause,” said Tyler Formica, President of Lake Erie College’s Kappa Sigma chapter. “The Chapter has been pleased with the success of our previous fundraising events and plan to raise even more this year. The community support has been amazing - a number of our members and alumni are veterans, so it’s especially meaningful to us that our efforts will benefit our returning soldiers.”

David Brinkman, Alumnus Advisor of Lake Erie College’s Kappa Sigma Chapter added, “We are incredibly excited to organize Swingin’ 4 Soldiers. This is our first marathon fundraiser and we’re hoping to exceed our previous years’ philanthropy events. We couldn’t do it without the generous support of Lake Erie College and the surrounding community. The members are especially proud that their efforts are benefitting wounded veterans and their families.”

The Military Heroes Campaign is a key component of the Fraternity’s “A Greater Cause” community service initiative. Since its inception in 2007, Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign has raised and donated more than $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations that advocate on behalf of servicemen and women in the U.S. and Canada.

Kappa Sigma has achieved unprecedented levels of volunteerism and philanthropy among its members as a part of the overall A Greater Cause initiative. Members annually contribute more than one million volunteer service hours and nearly $2 million collectively to those in need.

For more information on “Swingin’ 4 Soldiers” at Lake Erie College, contact Tyler Formica at tformica@lec.edu, or David Brinkman, alumnus advisor to the Pi Chi chapter, at 216-210-9779.

About Kappa Sigma Fraternity www.kappasigma.org

Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members, including over 20,000 undergraduates and 320 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. Each year, Kappa Sigma undergraduates donate more than $3 million and 1 million hours to charitable causes, pledge more than 10,000 men to the Order — the most of any college fraternity. The Fraternity teaches its core standards and values through educational programming around the four pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service.

About Lake Erie College Chapter of Kappa Sigma

The Pi-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity was chartered in August, 2009 as the first national Greek-letter social organization at Lake Erie College. The Chapter currently has 8 members and earned the Founders’ Award for Chapter Excellence, Kappa Sigma’s highest honor, in 2010, the Champion Chapter Award from 2011 through 2014, the Silver Bowl for Academic Excellence in 2012 and 2013 and Outstanding Service Project Award from 2010 through 2016. The Chapter builds better men through educational programming, focusing on the four pillars of Kappa Sigma — Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service.

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