On Saturday Oct. 13, the sound of a sledgehammer could be heard all throughout the Quad. The cause of this noisy disturbance was the brothers of Delta Tau Delta, who were there next to the train tracks, offering anyone a whack at a junker car for their philanthropy event.
“We charged a dollar per swing, and five dollars got you six swings, to hit the car with various tools,” said Alex Schumaker, Clinton Township junior and Delta Tau Delta philanthropy chair. “We had baseball bats, shovels, sledgehammers and a golf club.”
The Delts created the new fundraising event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The foundation seeks to research and eliminate type 1 diabetes.
“Just this past summer Delta Tau Delta announced that [the JDRF] is our new national philanthropy,” Schumaker said. “We’re very excited about it, and it’s a great cause.”
They were out there for three hours and were able to raise over $450 for the JDRF. Many students, parents and alumni stopped by for the opportunity, and some chose to donate to the cause without participating in the destruction.
Discount Auto Salvage of Springport graciously donated the car at no cost.
“I think that we’ve done a very good job,” Schumaker said. “I think it was a successful event. I was very happy with the turnout and with the participation of my other brothers who helped me out. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
They say you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, but in this case nearly 300 eggs were broken for charity.
The event was put on by the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega and located in the Dow Athletic Complex during the Homecoming football game. It consisted of a cage with chicken wire front where two brothers or volunteers would stand inside. Those interested were able to pay to have eggs thrown at the occupants of the cage.
“It was a dollar per egg, or six eggs for five dollars,” said Mitch Madeira, Millford Junior and Alpha Tau Omega Chaplain.
Despite the cold and rainy weather, the event was able to raise $369. The proceeds went to Walk for Warmth.
“Walk for Warmth is a program that helps people who are in need pay either their hot water bill or their heating bill during the winter months,” Madeira said.
The fundraiser was one of the first fall events that Alpha Tau Omega has put on in recent memory.
“We usually have our volleyball tournament in the spring, but we thought we could do more so we decided to tackle something in the fall,” Madeira said.
Madeira was also present in the cage.
“It was fun, it was cold,” Madeira said. “I would definitely recommend wearing a shirt. Even though the eggs break on the cage, the fluids still carry momentum.”