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New philanthropy record

Alpha Epsilon Pi raises $123,000 for cancer research

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  • Story by Ryan Gavin
  • Photo courtesy Ben Stein
  • Published: April 29, 2013
Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers hug after record fundraiser announcement

Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi and a raucous crowd celebrate setting a new philanthropic record.

The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Mizzou already held the record for the largest single-chapter philanthropic event in the nation, raising $82,000 through their biennial Rock-A-Thon fundraiser in 2011. This year, the Mu Deuteron chapter smashed the record, raising more than $123,000 April 25-27 for the American Cancer Society.

Rock-A-Thon started in 1969, when one fraternity member was elected to sit in a rocking chair on stage for 63 straight hours. While he’s on stage, other fraternity brothers fan out across downtown Columbia and the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas to collect donations for cancer research.

This year’s rocker was Brendan Lyss, whose father and brother are both cancer survivors. The 135 active members joined alumni, friends and family at the stage on Ninth St. and Broadway for the conclusion of Lyss’ rocking. When the record-breaking amount was announced, a wild celebration ensued.

For more information and photos, visit AE Pi’s Rock-A-Thon site.

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Last updated: May 14, 2013