Fraternity plans community fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will host a barbecue competition Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus at the Memorial Amphitheater.

The event is part of the fraternity continuing its philanthropic giving to the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.

“The BBQ Showdown is a community and campus event raising money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Shoals,” said president Christian Bayens. “We’re inviting individuals and businesses to compete with their best barbecue to win the showdown, and community and campus members get to taste all-you-can-eat barbecue for $7 per plate.”

Bayens said he hopes the event will bring campus and the community together to raise money for a good cause.

Alpha Tau celebrated its 149th anniversary by hosting Service September, when it raised approximately $1,200 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters through community contributions and fundraisers.

Vice President Kyle Enloe said the successful month was supported by a free car wash that brought about $250 in donations and by smaller fundraiser nights at Buffalo Wild Wings that increased the organization’s contribution.

“Since ATO was founded in 1865, the chapter-wide goal for Service September was to get 1,865 service hours throughout the month,” Bayens said.

Not only did the local ATO chapter meet this goal, but the brothers exceeded it by getting 1,910 service hours, Enloe said.

“It seemed nearly impossible at the beginning, but we reached our goal,” said Service Chairman Josh Sanderson. “It was great seeing all of the guys strive to give back to the community.”

Bayens said he hopes students will attend the event to support a campus organization and local nonprofit that makes a difference in people’s lives.