Troy University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity will be holding its annual philanthropy event, “Trick or Teke.” The fraternity will be holding many activities throughout the week of Oct 20 for the event.
The organization will be accepting donations for St. Jude Research Hospital, their national philanthropy.
St. Jude’s mission, found on its website, “is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”
The fraternity will also be raising money for other organizations’ philanthropies.
Dominic Godwin, a junior nursing major from Wetumpka and philanthropy chair for Tau Kappa Epsilon, said there will be a costume contest and a “free Dom” jailbreak. T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
According to Godwin, this year Trick or Teke will have a point-based system, where the amount of points given are based on the placement in each event.
“The dance would be a great example,” Godwin said. “If you get 1st place, it’s 20 percent of the overall points. It gives you how many points you get if you get 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, and the organization with the most points earned will receive a check with the percentage of earning from Trick or Teke to benefit their philanthropy of choice. It’s a total of 1,000 points if you get first place in everything.”
TKE international sets Key Result Areas each year for their chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Fulfillment of those KRA’s is how international ranks their chapter.
The Lambda Zeta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is currently ranked 20th out of all the TKE chapters in the US and Canada, in regards to academics, recruitment, service hours and philanthropy dollars raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This past year, the Lambda Zeta chapter of TKE raised $325.00 to benefit St. Jude.
Bo Furlong, a sophomore history major from Prattville and history chairman of TKE, explained that not only do TKE’s members expect to raise money for St. Jude Research Hospital, but they are also expected to donate a certain amount of money to another organization.
“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is our philanthropy,” Furlong said. “We will also be donating to another organization’s philanthropy.”
Trick or Teke will take place at The Front Porch in Troy on Oct 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.