Archive for the ‘Charity and Fundraising’ Category

Collegiate members need your support in their St. Baldrick’s Event

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

This year, the Georgia Tech chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is participating in a nationwide philanthropy event sponsored by St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization, second only to the government. Last year, the Beta Pi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Georgia Tech participated in this event and raised $15,845.

The event is simple. Volunteers have their heads shaved to show support for kids who usually lose their hair due to cancer treatments, and each “shavee” receives donations to support their dedication. This year, Tau Kappa Epsilon is looking to be the top team at our event and raise over $18,000

If you’d like to donate money:
2. On the right you’ll see 3 TKE members’ names, above that click “View All Team Members”
3. You’ll see a list of all the members shaving their heads. To the right of each name you’ll see a black box titled “Donate”, click any of those boxes to the right of any name and you can handle it from there!
Click on to donate to the entire team (and not an individual member on our team).
Feel free to look at all the other pages describing the foundation and the event that we are participating in. We’d really appreciate your help if you are willing to donate or not. Please forward this message to your friends, co-workers, and family!

Again, thank you for supporting our entire fraternity in this philanthropic event!

Also, note that this can be used as a tax write-off for individuals and entire companies!

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Jeff Burns Launches Southern Nice

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

My inspiration truly came from wanting to spread a positive message…

Frater Jeff Burns has created Southern Nice, a line of casual apparel and accessories designed to appeal to all Southerners–natives, transplants and visitors–not just to those that fit the stereotype.

Jeff Burns - Founder of Southern Nice

“Southerners are regarded as some of the nicest/friendliest people in the country,” Jeff wrote, “and I wanted to highlight that personality of the South, not the sweet tea and magnolias.

“I was inspired to start the company while in Mass on a Sunday evening. I wanted something that could be worn on shirts that would spread a positive message, so I went home and listed out tons of words and sayings before settling on Southern Nice–it was a phrase I had grown up hearing.

“I used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to work around making logos, suggesting rolling hills or the ocean (small ripples) and a moon or sunset, but leaving it up to the customer to see it as what they liked.  I spent weeks testing logos and designs, color schemes, etc on family and friends. Then I bought the domain name and used a WordPress template to create the site.

“However, the first supplier I tried was a disaster!  After 3 weeks and no product, I looked for a company that could supply quickly and found Icebox here in Atlanta.

“Southern Nice offers a variety of t-shirts featuring the skylines of different cities–I wanted the shirts to be indicative of the Modern Southerner, to highlight the vibrancy of the New South, to connect to all the people and cities, and I hope to have a shirt for each major city in the next couple years.  We also offer croakies and koozies featuring the Southern Nice theme and I have launched a blog with sections on music, food, and entertainment from the South.

“In each city we feature, we connect with a local charity and donate 50% of the net profits from sales of that city’s shirt to it.  For example, in Nashville, we help support Hands On Nashville. I have many ideas on how to get the name out there around charities and I’ve even started two other arms of the company. These are still works in progress!

“My inspiration truly came from wanting to spread a positive message.  I believe that even just a passing glance at the shirt can subconsciously make a person want to be nicer. It’s spreading a good thought and representing the Southern kindness behind it.”

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Javi Heads to Japan for Relief Work

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Javier Fernandez

Woke up to my first aftershocks last night..a little nerve-racking when you’ve just spent the day viewing the potential for destruction that earthquakes possess.

Frater Javier Fernandez has gone to Japan with the volunteer group All Hands.

According to their website, “All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tools, and organized work at no charge we are able to provide free and effective response services to communities in need. Our programs are directed by the needs of each community in which we work, ensuring a timely, relevant, and culturally sensitive response.”

Javi lived in  Tokyo for all of 2007, while working on  consulting projects for Aeon, the largest retailer in Japan, and for Wal*mart Japan.   He was connected to All Hands by Josh Hix, who worked with the group in Haiti following the earthquake there.

Javi will enter the MBA program at Harvard this fall.

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Joel Fehrman raises almost $5,000 in the Palmetto Peleton

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Maggie and Joel Fehrman and Joel's Mother at the Palmetto Peleton

Frater Joel Fehrman recently participated in the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Stars & Stripes Challenge in Greenville, South Carolina.  He was the top fundraiser overall with nearly $5,000 raised from 82 donors.  All in all, over 400 riders raised more than $210,000 for cancer research.

“I rode two hard laps of the Time Trial course and finished the 14 miles in about 43 minutes,” Joel wrote.  “My pace was over 18.5 mph, which is significantly faster than I have ever ridden before.  I was then humbled by the pro riders who averaged about 30 mph, so I’ll be keeping my day job.  The time trial was a great warm up for the charity ride on Sunday.  The number of riders was incredible.

“I accomplished my 2 goals for the ride, which were to finish in under 2 hours–my total time was 1 hour, 44 minutes–and to climb all the tough hills without getting off the bike.  The ‘challenge’ hill lived up to its name and most riders were pushing their bikes when I arrived, but I dug deep and pedaled through it.  I finished with an overall pace of 16 mph, which was better than my training rides in the hilly Smyrna/Vinings area.”

Because he was the top fundraiser for the event, Joel received a special jersey after some kind words about his mother’s battle with cancer and the difference that research has made in her treatment.  Also he and his wife Maggie are being sent to Maine in October to participate in Patrick Dempsey’s charity ride (  Maggie is excited about getting to see her TV heartthrob in person and Joel is looking forward to finishing several minutes ahead of him on the course.

Joel anticipates participating again next year and recruiting a few friends to take part as well.

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Eric Broadwell starts Organization to Promote Bicycle-friendly Development

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Eric Broadwell has started Be Bike Friendly to help train people in transportation and enforcement organizations that are developing transportation projects in the 5 E’s of bicycle friendliness:  engineering, education, evaluation, enforcement and encouragement.  The organization already has its first city client–Sandy Springs!   Be Bike Friendly has also  launched its new class for training people how to design a road bike route and put on a successful event.

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