A Missouri University of Science and Technology Greek leadership organization has raised more than $1,000 to help people affected by the bombings that took place at the Boston Marathon last month.
The Fraternal Order of Leaders, also known as Theta Tau Omega, at Missouri S&T has raised $1,080 for The One Fund - Boston.
Thomas Bowen, fundraising chair for the Fraternal Order of Leaders, said a fundraiser is usually held to pay for equipment for the organization’s casino night.
Bowen said after he watched the tragic events of that day on April 15 play out on the news, he thought to himself, “what can we (the organization) do?”
After talking with others in the Fraternal Order of Leaders, they agreed to donate the money that would have gone toward the casino night necessities and instead donate it to the victims of the Boston bombings.
A fundraiser was held at Fat Cats Entertainment Center, which raised $225, and a pizza night fundraiser at Imo’s raised $855, Bowen said. That money was donated to The One Fund - Boston.
Bowen said the Fraternal Order of Leaders at Missouri S&T is a Greek leadership organization, but noted that it is not a fraternity.
“It is for members of the Greek system who have proven themselves as leaders amongst the Greek Body,” he said.
In addition to helping out the people of the Boston area, the Fraternal Order of Leaders also helps those closer to home.
In fact, at the group’s annual casino night held this spring, a total of $2,350 was donated to CASA of South Central Missouri. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, promotes and supports court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
Bowen said this year, the Fraternal Order of Leaders at S&T was the No. 2 donator to CASA, behind Phelps County Bank.
He said his group normally donates about $2,300 to $3,000 each year to CASA of South Central Missouri.