This Year's Philanthropy...

       After spending countless hours preparing for this year's philanthropy for my fraternity at the University of Oregon, I'm happy to say it was a total success! We ended up raising the most money out of all the fraternities on campus and I've never seen Joe Reams; the founder of the Brian Reams Foundation, so happy with the results. Everyone had a great time and the girls participating were more competitive than ever. Joe Reams is the father of a brother of a fraternity who passed away in 2007 after getting hit by a drunk driver when he was walking a girl home from the bar. He decided to create the "Brian Reams Foundation" in memory of Brian, which provides underprivileged kids with the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities and also spreads awareness towards the risks associated with drunk driving. Joe hopes to one day fulfill Brian's dream of creating a recreational center for underprivileged kids in his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho. Since Brian's death, we have really taken it upon ourselves as Brian's brothers to raise as much money for Brian's fathers foundation ever since.

       After doing a talent show philanthropy for the last 10 years, I decided to take a huge risk and mix it up by doing a powder puff football tournament for sororities around campus this year unlike what we've done in the past. Despite a lot of backlash from other members at first, the success of the event definitely proved them wrong. I'm happy to know that all the money went towards a great cause and I have to say that all the time and work I put into making this event successful was definitely worth it in the end!