Campus fraternity looks to raise money for ALS with unique event


Marisa Uhls | Reporter
April 22, 2016; 10 a.m.

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Lindenwood’s Phi Delta Theta chapter poses for a photo after their Sibley Day event.
Photo taken from Phi Delta Theta’s Facebook page.

Lindenwood’s Phi Delta Theta chapter is hosting a party that is a major departure from the typical frat event.

Missouri’s first Soberfest, a night of drug-and-alcohol-free activities, is hosted this Saturday in Evans Commons as an effort to raise money for the ALS Association, which helps fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

Last fall, Phi Delta Theta’s Alex Burket was trying to come up with an idea for a campus event that would allow students to hang out and get away from studying when he discovered the idea for Soberfest on YouTube.

“There were disco lights, music, games and just pure fun,” said Burket of the video, which showed a Soberfest from 2012 hosted the Phi Delta Theta chapter from Kent State University.

Lindenwood’s chapter has been planning its own ever since.

According to Burket, when Soberfest hits the Evans Commons courts, the room will be filled with club lights that will make students want to run to the dance floor.

In addition to dancing, there will be games, food provided by Little Caesars and Pepsi products as the beverage choices, as well as inflatables, including a tropical bounce house and slide.

“When they see the inflatables, it will make them feel like a little kid again,” said Burket.

Phi Delta Theta also challenges students to beat the best of the best in the ALS water pong tournament. The fraternity, which has always been a supporter of the ALS Association, will provide a raffle table set up for students to raise funds for the philanthropy organization.

Burket encourages students to donate at least $5.

“ALS means so much to us. We want to give to the ALS Association as much as we can,” he said, adding that all proceeds of the party will go to the cause.

Soberfest will last from 7 midnight. Any college student who brings a student ID is welcome to attend.