Sigma Nu holds 3rd annual French toast feed
Event feeds community, with proceeds benefiting Red River Zoo
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 15:04
On April 28, the Eta Theta chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity held its 3rd annual French toast feed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. The proceeds from this event are being donated to the Red River Zoo.
This is the third year of the event, but the fraternity donated to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital for the event’s first year.
Brett Johnson, a senior in manufacturing engineering and the philanthropy chair of Sigma Nu said that they chose a local business for this year’s event in order to create a better connection with the community.
Robert Latham, a sophomore in landscape architecture and the public relations chair of Sigma Nu stated that a connection with the community has always been important to the fraternity.
“Fraternities and sororities exist to serve the community, so to be able to have an event in the spring that we can call our own, to get our name out there and to better serve the community, I think that shows a lot about the character of our organization,” Latham said.
Johnson explained that all of the money invested in this event came from donations or was budgeted, leaving all the money raised at the event pure profit to be donated to the zoo.
He stated that they expected about 200 people to attend and to raise about $1,000. The event fell short, though, actually bringing in 121 guests and raising $460.
Over the course of three years, the community has gotten increasingly more involved, though, according to Johnson. He described that their first year was tough, as they struggled with their public relations and had problems getting their name out into the community.
For the second year, the fraternity had gotten the Peace Lutheran Church involved, and this year the Newman Center and the local radio stations got involved as well.
Latham and Peterson both hope that the event can continue in future years.
They both stated it was the best way for their fraternity to grow and to continue serving the community.
“People can connect with it and you can definitely see the benefit of that,” said Peterson.
For more information about the Eta Theta chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity, visit http://ndsu.orgsync.com/org/sigmanuetatheta.