News Brief: Bowl-a-thon donations dip

About 1,000 students passed through the Hippodrome to hear bands and bowl during Sigma Phi Epsilon’s second annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser. Although the 24-hour event raised far less than last year, organizers said they were pleased with the turnout.

Performances by five bands, including the popular Granian, an appearance by the Washington Wizards dancers and free T-shirts were among the perks f the event.

The fraternity donated proceeds to the Frank Foundation Child Assistance International.

“The amount of support we got last year was amazing, and this year is even better,” sophomore and event co-chairman Shawn Clark said.

Event organizer Matt Mandell, a sophomore, said the fraternity raised $2,000, about $5,000 less than last year.

Granian drummer Graycon Legere said that the fraternity “treated us like gold.” Out of the 24 shows the band performs each month, they “very rarely do it for free,” Legere said. “But when (Mandell) called us and told us what was going on, obviously we would do this all month for free.”

-Elizabeth Maxwell

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