By Joseph Iemma
The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity will partner with Chipotle Mexican Grill of Hicksville in an all-day charity event on Dec. 9, designed to combat childhood cancer and diseases.
“Fifty percent of TKE-referred patrons’ meal costs [on Dec. 9] will be given to our fraternity, and in turn, be used to cover basic chapter fees, but most importantly to St. Jude’s Children Hospital,” said Nicholas Brailovskiy, the president of the TKE chapter on campus.
“We are always trying to give back to the community,” Inderjit said. “TKE helps by bringing in sales, and in turn they raise money [for their chapter] and donate those proceeds to their organization [St. Jude’s].”
Like other Greek life organizations, members of TKE must cover ‘dues’, which include: annual membership fees, risk management fees, off-campus housing fees, and chapter assessment fees.
Mohammed Hassan, a senior finance major and TKE’s treasurer stressed the importance of his fraternity’s philanthropy by citing the three key pillars of TKE’s pledge of brotherhood. “At the end of the day, it really comes down to our three core beliefs: charity, love, and esteem,” Hassan said. “As a non-profit organization, we obviously have to cover basic TKE chapter fees, but once all that is covered; we really go all out for St. Jude’s.” While donation totals may vary from event to event, TKE strives to contribute 80-85 percent of its charitable earnings to St. Jude’s, according to Hassan.
TKE holds four to five charitable events each semester for St. Jude’s. Its most recent charitable events were the first annual ‘Pumpkin Smash Fundraiser’ on Oct. 27 and the St. Jude’s Brooklyn Bridge walk on Sept. 26. According to Hassan, these unconventional ways of donating to charity do a great job at engaging Post’s student body. “The more we can help give back to the community, the better, and that’s why we hope we can get as many people to Chipotle Dec. 9 as possible!” Hassan said.
This will be TKE’s final of four fundraisers of the fall semester. “We don’t take this lightly. Childhood Cancer and disease affects all and sadly the less fortunate and most vulnerable. That’s why we donate. That’s what this is all about,” Hassan said.