Seven recognized Frostburg State University fraternities and sororities raised an astonishing $19,200 for six different charities as part of FSU’s Homecoming festivities this past weekend.
For the second year in a row, candidates for Frostburg State University’s Homecoming King and Queen and the organizations they represented raised money for charities as a way to earn the Homecoming crown. The money, which was raised within a 30-day time frame, was nearly $4,000 more than last year’s total.
Darcie Stem, representing Delta Zeta, was crowned Homecoming Queen. Her organization raised $7,000 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Alleghenies. Curtis Donald, representing Tau Kappa Epsilon, was crowned Homecoming King. His organization raised $2.400 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Other candidates and the amounts they raised:
• Danielle Gordon, representing Delta Sigma Theta, raised $4,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation;
• Gina Overstreet, representing Alpha Sigma Tau, raised $3,300 for Habitat for Humanity;
• Holly Mariano, representing Alpha Gamma, raised $1,800 for the Dove Center in Garrett County;
• Esayas Wureta, representing Alpha Phi Alpha, raised $300 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation;
• Nick Sagowitz, representing Pi Lambda Phi, raised $120 for the March of Dimes.
In addition to efforts by the Homecoming court, more than 65 critically ill children will benefit from the efforts of the more than 50 students, alumni, FSU employees and Laurie Gibralter, President Jonathan Gibralter’s wife, who spent Saturday sewing colorful Glories Happy Hats. The hats are soft, jester-like hats that will be given to critically ill children in such places as pediatric intensive care units, burn centers and hospices. Each year the FSU Center for Volunteerism chooses a Homecoming Weekend service project as part of Make a Difference Day.
“I’m very proud of our students and their efforts. To see FSU students be so deeply committed to helping people in need should make everyone proud,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.
Finally, as has been a tradition at FSU for a number of years, students affiliated with a number of campus groups fanned out through the neighborhood adjoining the campus Sunday afternoon for the Big Event, a Frostburg City Clean Up. It was sponsored by the FSU Student Government Association.
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