On March 1st, members of the chapter attended the B+ Foundation Barbecue Lunch hosted at the Zeta Beta Tau house in West Campus. The event included Sigma Chi, Zeta Beta Tau, and Alpha Epsilon Phi, the Greek organizations at the University of Texas who have partnered with the B+ Foundation. The event was part of the B+ Foundation’s Heroes Program, which brings together children battling cancer, called Heroes, and the student organizations that raise funds for the foundation.
“The barbecue was an opportunity for our chapter members to meet our hero and have some fun with him,” chapter Annotator Max Green explained. Our hero, Nicholas, is an energetic seven year-old, and the brothers in attendance joined Nicholas in drawing and playing basketball. Nicholas was recently diagnosed with a form of leukemia, but according to Green, there was no lack of smiles that afternoon. “I’ve never seen someone so happy,” said Green.
During the event, B+ was presented with donations from Sigma Chi, Zeta Beta Tau, and Alpha Epsilon Phi. Various leaders from those organizations spoke about the importance of the B+ Foundation and the partnership that Sigma Chi and other fraternities have with them. This was the first of three B+ events planned for the semester; however, the number of events could rise depending on the donations received. The chapter is hoping to keep up the great turnout we had for the event, as well as continuing to support fundraising for Nicholas. The brothers are excited for the opportunity to help Nicholas and his parents in any way they can, including spending a couple of hours hanging out with them on a Sunday afternoon.
– Matthew Salas, Alpha Nu 2018