Rock-A-Thon and The B+ Foundation
Philanthropy is often forgotten among fraternities, but not in Alpha Epsilon Pi. We pride ourselves on our dedication to the community and to the principles of Tzedaka and good deeds. One of our most important goals as the premiere Jewish Fraternity is to give back to others through philanthropic endeavors and community service. Alpha Epsilon Pi men practice "Tikkun Olam," or "Repairing the World" in Hebrew, contributing not only to their local communities but the global community as well.
Our main philanthropy event is Rock-A-Thon. This is a 24 hour event where one member of our fraternity sits in a rocking chair for an entire day in order to raise money to fight childhood cancer. Throughout the day, we have live music, food, games, speakers, and more all on the UT campus while brothers ask for donations across the city of Austin and the state of Texas. The event was created at University of Missouri in 1969 and has since then become an AEPi tradition across the country.
All proceeds benefit The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation which is the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer nationwide. The B+ Foundation has helped thousands of families being treated at over 200 U.S. hospitals. Additionally, they support cutting-edge childhood cancer research across the country. Furthermore, The B+ Foundation is one of the Co-Founders of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2) and a member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer. These groups are the preeminent, national collaborations of childhood cancer charities and medical professional groups, who advocate for greater awareness of childhood cancer and significantly increased federal and private sector funding of childhood cancer research.
In 2017, we hosted two Rock-A-Thon events, one in the spring and the other in the fall. Within this year, we raised over $15,000 for the B+ Foundation! On November 7-8, 2018 on UT's West Mall, we will host our Fourth Annual Rock-A-Thon. #hornsupFTK.
For more Information About Rock-A-Thon, please visit www.aepirockathon.com
For more Information about the B+ Foundation, please visit www.bepositive.org
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