The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Union hosted a trap shoot fundraiser, raising around $1500 to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
The SAE fraternity has been at Union since 1857 and is the fourth oldest chapter in the national fraternity.
This was the second annual event for the fraternity, though members have hosted the event in the past.
“We hope to continue the trap shoot as an annual fundraiser for not only Union and Jackson but for all of West Tennessee,” said Jared Haney, president of the Tennessee Eta chapter and senior economics major at Union. “We are raising money for St. Jude, as this charity is of great importance to our chapter.”
Craig Dismuke, a Union University and SAE alumnus, and his family just recently became a St. Jude family after their son was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Dismuke’s son has received treatment at St. Jude for the past year and is in remission.
“For the past year, the family has experienced a lot of emotion but also a lot of love,” Haney said. “Through [Dismuke’s] son’s battle, our chapter saw the great works happening at St. Jude and wanted to contribute in any way possible.”
Last year, the chapter raised more than $1,000, while this year, Haney and fellow members of his fraternity are striving to exceed this goal.
Half of all proceeds raised will go directly to St. Jude.
“Many Union students came out to participate in the shoot, as well as locals from the area,” said Haney. ” We were pleased with the turnout.”
The trap shoot was held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Carroll County Shooting Complex in Huntington.
Cost was $5 per round for participants.