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Congratulations to the 23 bontonious new brothers of SAE Mass Gamma who joined the chapter in the past year!
The brotherhood cleaned up the kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter with great bontaneity and turnout. After taking out the trash for the shelter, we headed over to Kirkland for a brotherhood brunch.
ΣAE MAGA gathered clothing for Youth on Fire, a center for homeless youth in the Cambridge area. Our bags of clothing were delivered just before the winter season, hopefully keeping some children warmer than they were before.
ΣAE MAGA raised $562.50 for children with cancer at Boston Children's Hospital through the Harvard College Dance Marathon (more money than any other fraternity or sorority). As the clock struck midnight, our brothers danced along with the remaining dancers and HCDM board members for a strong finish. The Dance Marathon president specifically thanked SAE for helping the marathon finish well and donating the most of any Greek chapter.
The brothers of ΣAE MAGA attended a maternal health discussion organized by the Harvard College Maternal Health Initiative, listening to Dr. Thomas Burke, Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Many of the brothers genuinely found the forum intriguing as it highlighted both policy and technological solutions that together dramatically reduced preventable child birth mortalities. After the discussion, brothers remained to clean up and reorganize Ticknor Lounge.
After a brotherhood lunch at Eliot House, 15 brothers from ΣAE MAGA met with the lovely ladies of KKG to wipe down, organize, fold, and sweep at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. It was a pleasure working closely with the KKG sisters to make a tangible and immediate difference in the Cambridge community.
ΣAE MAGA was proud to send over 25 brothers to the KKG Charity Dinner. We helped set up chairs and tables as well as clean up after the event. Members of the Harvard Greek community flocked to the Atrium for good food and conversation. In just a few hours, the event raised over $300 for Relay for Life.
ΣAE MAGA sent over 20 brothers to Relay for Life, a fundraising event for the fight against cancer. Beyond helping to raise over $40,000 (event total) and providing donated food from Boloco and B.Good, we found ourselves most proud of being able to walk around the track shoulder-to-shoulder in an emotional and physical show of support for our brothers touched by cancer.
Together with Suffolk ΣAE and the Boston Consortium ΣAE, we organized the first annual Hoops to Hope 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament benefitting Boston Children's Hospital. ΣAE MAGA’s team went undefeated till the championships where it played valiantly against Suffolk basketball team players.
ΣAE MAGA and KKG worked together again to advertise and staff the Give Blood For Your Mother event run by the American Red Cross. KKG was instrumental in signing up blood donors in front of the Science Center. Brother Joey Kim took the lead in ensuring a successful turnout and staffing from our end. We’re ever humbled to be a part of this life-giving endeavor and look forward to helping next year again.
ΣAE hosted its second annual clothing drive this semester for Youth on Fire, a local youth empowerment program that provides a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth. We collected 60 pounds of clothes, and have been told by the organization’s administrators that its members are getting great use out of the donated clothing as the temperature in Boston drops lower and lower.
ΣAE Mass Gamma once again traveled with AEPi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit which accepts donations of school supplies, toys and clothes and redistributes them to those in need. Brothers bonded with each other and other Harvard Greeks sorting and packaging clothing and supplies as it came into the redistribution warehouse before going back out to local children.
Brothers and pledges volunteered at the beautiful Castle Island for the Breathe Deep Walk for Lung Cancer held there early in the morning on November 3rd. As part of their journey to become True Gentlemen, pledges learned what it meant to “think of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own” as they registered 5k participants all morning in the biting cold before helping to clean up afterwards. The event ended up raising over $220,000 dollars, and ΣAE Mass Gamma was proud to be a part of this incredible effort.
ΣAE Mass Gamma is proud to have been a part of arguably the most poignant campus philanthropy event of the year: Relay for Life. Brothers and pledges joined arm in arm, walking the track into the night in honor of loved ones affected by cancer.
ΣAE Mass Gamma worked with KKG to staff Give Blood For Your Mother, an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Brothers took shifts directing participants and soliciting passerbys to donate blood. We are proud to facilitate such a life-giving and honorable cause!
ΣAE Mass Gamma traveled with AEPi and Delta Gamma to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit that accepts donations of school supplies, toys and clothes from individuals, groups, and companies and redistributes them in individually prepares shopping bags to those in need of specific items. Brothers enjoyed spending time with other Greeks on campus learning how the organization works and sorting clothing as it came into the Cradles to Crayons warehouse so that it could be prepared for redistribution.
On October 21st, brothers joined in a national effort to wear a bald cap all day, with the goal of raising awareness for cancer. We enjoyed seeing the reactions of our friends and professors, as well as the matching caps of the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta.
ΣAE Mass Gamma assisted the staff at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter as part of our continuous efforts to build a better community. We cleaned facilities and provided food at this event.
On April 24, 2010, the brothers of ΣAE Mass Gamma took on their greatest challenge as a fraternity yet. They cleaned the Charles River. That's right, thirty young men woke up at 9 AM on a Saturday to do community service. We approached one of the dirtiest rivers in the Northeastern United States as true gentlemen; not one of us even flinched. April 26th is Earth Day, and Mass Gamma like many other organizations in Massachusetts went out and cleaned the Charles. In fact, 105 community groups helped out at 57 different areas along the river. 20 tons of garbage were removed, and Mass Gamma certainly did its part, accumulating almost fifteen bags of garbage on our own.
On Saturday, November 3, Brothers Patrick Mulvaney '10 and Steve Johnston '09 lead a group of five pledges to Boston University to participate in the fourth annual Anchor Splash philanthropy event. The event is run by the school's Delta Gamma sorority in order to benefit their national philanthropic organization, Service for Sight. Our chapter's $100 contribution for participating will benefit their work with those who are partially or entirely blind. Anchor Splash is an afternoon of water-related relays and competitions that take place in the FitRec indoor pool at BU. Our squad of pledges competed against other Greek organizations from BU and MIT. Every team was assigned two members of Delta Gamma who served as the team's coaches throughout the afternoon and who, along with Patrick and Steve, cheered on our team. This opportunity gave the pledges the chance to bond as a pledge class and appreciate the value of giving back to others through philanthropy.
On Satuday, April 28th, we held the first joint philanthropy event with a sorority in recent memory. The brothers of Mass Gamma met 25 ADPis from BU in Harvard Square at 9:30 am for a quick breakfast of donuts and bagels before walking about one and a quarter miles to Union Square in Somerville where we joined the Union Square Main Streets community organization in their annual Clean Up Day event. Our team of volunteers divided into groups and picked up trash, raked, and planted flowers all over the neighborhood, including in some of its parks. After our volunteer work, the Union Square Main Streets organization hosted a barbeque for all the volunteers to unwind from the day's work. That night, we threw a celebratory "Risky Business" themed mixer with ADPi to cap off a day of philanthropy and fun that everyone thought was a great success. We hope to plan more of these joint philanthropy events with sororities in the coming year!
Mass Gamma once again participated in the American Cancer Society's Boston All University Relay for Life that was held at Harvard's Gordon Track on April 20-21. The event also constituted Mass Gamma's involvement in Sigma Alpha Epsilon's True Gentlemen Days of Service weekend, a national weekend of service throughout the realm. The chapter not only met it's goal of recruiting 30 brothers and pledges to participate on our two teams, we also exceeded our fundraising goal by raising $4305, shattering last year's total of just over $3600. Our total placed us as the second top fundraising Greek organization in all of Boston and the second top fundraising Harvard organization. Mass Gamma was also fifth overall among over 100 teams participating from all across Boston, an improvement from our eighth place finish last year. Congratulations to all of the brothers for their hard work in raising money for this good and noble cause!
On Saturday, April 14th, a team of brothers from Massachusetts Gamma attended the Harvard Delta Gamma Anchor Bowl, a trivia-style fundraiser for their charity organization Service for Sight. The team of True Gentlemen competed in the Quincy JCR for four rounds of trivia and nearly emerged victorious from the battle of knowledge, answering questions ranging from pop culture to current events to sports.
On April 7th, the brothers of Massachusetts Gamma hosted our Second Annual Paddy Murphy party. As was the case with our Second Annual Christmas in Dixie party, we anticipated a large turnout based on last year's event, so we hoped to capitalize on the large number of students in attendance by collecting voluntary donations at the door for our Relay for Life teams' efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Once again, our charity event was a success! We raised $215 that we were able to donate to the American Cancer Society, and in the process, we helped to spread the word about the American Cancer Society and its Relay for Life event that was taking place two weeks later at Harvard. Well done, brothers!