February 05, 2013
Georgia Southern University’s Sigma Nu fraternity chapter recently raised close to $5,000 for multiple sclerosis research to benefit fellow Georgians.
At their first “ΣND MS Benefit Concert,” the chapter brought together three local bands and other GSU student organizations for an evening of music, food and fun at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, located between the campus and Paulson Stadium on Olympic Boulevard.
The concert featured local bands The Orange Constant, Luzana Flores and the Wally Brown Band, who played the event for free. Additionally, Sigma Nu served a low country boil to all concert participants and the bands. The event included several raffle giveaways and a date auction to round out the benefit.
“We owe a big thank-you to all of our sponsors, the bands, our members, and Kappa Delta Sorority for their strong support,” said Brian Griffin, concert coordinator. “Our chapter hasn’t done anything like this in recent history, but now we know what works so that we can improve for next year’s event. It energizes and excites you and the entire membership to work on such a worthy cause and see it succeed.”
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Roy Rangel, president of the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, stopped by the Sigma Nu house to thank the members and participate in a ceremonial hand-off of the check to the MS Society.
“This type of grassroots event with strong local support is what makes a difference to the MS Society and the research it funds,” he said.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS.
“This was the event’s first year, but based on the success and popularity, we plan on making this an annual event,” said Robbie Brannen, a junior at Georgia Southern and president (commander) of Sigma Nu.
To read more about the event, see photos, and learn more about Multiple Sclerosis and the Sigma Nu fraternity, click here