St. John’s brings out the best in students, especially when it allows them to bring to life the Vincentian goals this beautiful University has to offer. One specific organization, Kappa Sigma, is sure to show not only their patriotism, but also their effort in changing the world one event at a time.
On April 25, Kappa Sigma, a fraternity on campus, will be hosting their inaugural Rho Beta Invitational at Clearview Park Golf Course.
This year, Kappa Sigma wanted to make a difference that will leave a mark not only on their brotherhood, but also on the university. They chose Fisher House Foundation to help donate money to military families who are in need of help. Sometimes a wounded veteran will be away from home in need of medical help and their families need the funds to get to their beloved who are overseas.
“I just want this to be an event that will be really exclusive for SJU, not only to benefit ourselves, but for the military, and give back to them,” said vice president and executive director of the fundraising event of Kappa Sigma, Taylor Weyeneth
The event is open to Kappa Sigma alumni and family in the area, but one day will be open to the St. John’s community and the public.
Kappa Sigma raised around $7,500 with a registration fee of $135 per person. This includes a golf tournament, Italian style buffet, equipment to play and a t-shirt.
After 11 months of putting this event together, Kappa Sigma hopes to reach their goal of raising $15-$25,000 for military heroes and their families. If it wasn’t for Weyeneth, director of marketing Jonathan Byrne and community relations’ John DiSanto, this fundraising event wouldn’t be here.
Along with St. John’s chapter, the event is also extended out to Kappa Sigma’s other nine chapter’s including NYU and Brooklyn College. Included in their end goal of $7,500 that came from ticket sales and companies such as the AD Greek Store, Five Guys and Northwestern
Mutual, who donated $2,000, making them the title sponsor of the event.
As of now there are 50 contestants in the golfing tournament, including a member of Kappa Sigma who is on the golf team. It is Weyeneth’s goal to get more of the student body to come out to this event at a cheaper cost and have around 150 participants.
Not only will it be a nice day to golf with some excellent food, but there will also be an award ceremony and a golf contest throughout the day and at dinner. There were donations of raffle bags from Vineyard Vines, Brooks Brothers and a signed jersey from the Mets.
Keep an eye on the lookout for Kappa Sigma’s new annual Rho Beta Invitational.