By BEN BRUHNKE
Try as hard as she may, Mother Nature could not stop the
appetite of crawfish lovers during the Sigma Nu fraternity’s fourth annual
crawfish boil last Saturday.
Even with heavy rainfall for the majority of the
afternoon, the fraternity managed to make over $9,000 in profit, which will be
donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
“The only thing I didn’t like about it raining is I think
we could have sold more crawfish than we did,” Jim Roach, a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a senior
construction engineering major, said. “But that didn’t stop us from having a
good time and making the best we could out of the situation we had.”
Nick Henley, a member of Sigma Nu
fraternity and a junior marketing major, said the fund-raiser had one of its
best years, even with all the bad weather.
“What’s amazing about this year is we still made over
$1,000 more than last year, our grant from SGA was smaller than last year,
crawfish prices were higher and it rained,” Henley said.
“So we had everything go wrong this year and still
managed to come out on top.”
Henley said all the money used to buy the crawfish came
“We do two things: we get the grant from the SGA, which
was only $1,500. The second thing we do is go around town to get business
sponsors and family sponsors,” Henley said.
“We had over fifty sponsors that donated $100 or more, so
in addition to that and the SGA grant, we had about $6,000 to buy crawfish for
the boil. Plus whatever money is leftover from our expenses will be put in to
the money that goes to St. Jude as well.”
Henley said not only does this boil benefit St. Jude, but
the donations help so many people from around this area as well.
“We found out that about 70 percent of patients at the ronald Mcdonald
House which is the main center for St. Jude came from Northern Louisiana, South
Arkansas and West Mississippi,” Henley said.
“So many of their patients come from around our
neighborhood, so this is just a small way we try to give back to them.”
Henley said understanding what St. Jude does for so many
people have given him a better appreciation of life.
“It’s amazing; a couple of our guys were invited up to
the center after giving them the money, and they were able to tour the house
and see what they do,” Henley said.
“It was really heartwarming, and it really makes you
think twice about your life and realize the things that we take for granted
Tyler Allen, a freshman general studies
major, said he was happy to be able to help.
“I was really pleased with how well the fund-raiser
turned out,” Allen said.
“It made me feel really good inside to do a good deed for