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Can you think of a better way to spend a Friday night than being surrounded by over 300 people dressed to impress, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar (for those of appropriate age), and 14 fine gentlemen being auctioned off like livestock, all for the fantastic cause of raising money and awareness for a wonderful organization dedicated to children with cancer? Well, neither could the fine young men of Beta Theta Pi, their friends, family, and peers of both the DU and Denver community. Friday, Feb. 13, marked their fourth annual Date-a-Beta philanthropic event.
Located in the Tuscan Ballroom of the Joy Burns Center, the men of Beta Theta Pi hosted this renowned event. The event is comprised of three major fundraising opportunities: ticket sales ranging from $10-15, a silent auction, and the live date auction. The dates are the main event, comprised of 14 individuals, 8 within the Beta chapter, and 6 from other fraternities and organizations on campus. Each date is required to come up with an original date idea and make a promotional video. This year the 6 non-Beta dates were representatives from Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, and the DU soccer, swim, and basketball teams. The opening bid price for each date was $200, a number that many of the dates greatly surpassed. An assortment of beautiful sorority ladies, generous moms, and classy gentlemen made up the bidding population, buying dates for as much as $750. Last year the event raised $10,500 and this year the men of Beta Theta Pi hoped to reach a new goal of $12,000. However, thanks to the outstanding support they received, they were able to raise $13,500, an amazing feat for an amazing organization, Bags of Fun.
The proceeds from ticket sales, the silent auction, and the date auction are all donated to the Gabby Krause Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing “bags of fun” to kids fighting cancer and other medical conditions. These bags are filled with toys, games, and other items, with the intention to bring joy and smiles to their recipients. The foundation was established in memory of Gabby, who died of brain cancer in 2004. While undergoing her heroic battle with cancer she always had a “bag of fun” with her during treatments and was curious as why other children did not have similar bags. Thus the foundation was born. For the past eleven years this foundation has delivered countless “Bags of Fun” to kids like Gabby. The men of Beta were happy to be able to support such an amazing organization, and when the final amount of money raised was counted, many fell back in sheer disbelief and pure joy.
However, this event is not just strictly limited to the men of Beta Theta Pi. Many of the men and women in the crowd were from different Greek and student organizations around campus. The non-Betas that were auctioned off claimed that this was one of the most entertaining events that they had been a part of at DU. This feeling was reiterated by all of those who had the pleasure of attending the event. This wonderful event shows the true communal spirit here at the University of Denver. It shows that we, as a community, can rally behind each other for the sake of a common goal, despite our letters, organizations, or affiliations. This experience provided the opportunity for many parents and members of the Denver community to understand what students at DU stand behind. Cheers to a successful event and hopes of seeing everyone there next year.
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