U of I fraternity delivered championship event
The Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign campus sponsored a Powder Puff football game that benefited The Foundation. The fraternity’s philanthropy chairman, Jeffrey Holmes, met Ross and his sons when serving as a counselor at Camp Horseshoe. “I’ve known about The Foundation and the work it has been doing for a while. The Power Puff game is our main philanthropic event of the year, and this year we did it for Rory.”
In this event, members of the fraternity coach a team from a participating sorority. “We get fifteen or sixteen sororities each year to participate, and they all pay a $100 entry fee,” Jeff said. “Guys in the house also make contributions. Then, we write to all the fraternity parents and ask them to make contributions.” This year, twelve sororities from the Champaign campus participated. The Championship Game took place on Saturday, April 9. The championship trophy was awarded at a post-game concert, where Jeff spent time on stage acquainting the crowd with the efforts and goals of The Rory David Deutsch Foundation. The event raised almost $3,000. The fraternity’s philanthropic commitment didn’t stop there. They have an ongoing program known as “Sober Drivers. On the weekend, anyone can call the house and rent a Sober Driver for $1. The fraternity kept track of the funds and at the end of each semester sent The Foundation a check.