Alpha Tau Omega’s Valentine’s Day raffle to benefit Hospice of Huntington

The Theta Omicron chapter of Alpha Tau Omega continues its annual tradition of a Valentine’s Day philanthropy event in the Memorial Student Center by offering a raffle until Thursday. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Hospice of Huntington, a non-profit agency that provides care for people with serious illnesses.

The fraternity has set up a table where students are able to purchase raffle tickets to be entered into a drawing for a variety of gifts, including a teddy bear, a necklace and gifts cards from local businesses. It costs $3 for one ticket or $5 for two tickets.

Brigham Warf, an active member and historian of ATO, said local businesses are often willing to offer support to their charity event. Chipotle, Jimmy John’s and a few other restaurants have gifted coupons and meals this year.

“We go out and ask if they would like to donate with us,” Warf said. “Every year local businesses show support of our cause. They like to give back to the community too.”

ATO has worked with Hospice of Huntington for the last few years. Cameron Sherwood, an active member of the fraternity and Interfraternity Council president, said the Hospice of Huntington has always been the first organization they want to raise money for.

“This is who we’ve supported every year, and we like to keep that tradition,” Sherwood said.

“They come in and help out people that are in their last days of life. We love the work that they do.”

Last year, ATO was able to raise approximately $3,000 for Hospice of Huntington. This year, members of the fraternity said they have high hopes and plans to surpass last year’s earnings.

In addition to the raffle, the fraternity also started a CrowdChange account to accept donations from those who may not be able to come to campus.

Members of the fraternity said they plan to record and post a video on Instagram announcing the winner.

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