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The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity will host Joust for Jude on Saturday to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event pits participants in one-on-one combat on a pair of raised pedestals. The first person to knock his opponent off of a pedestal scores a point for his team.

Nine teams signed up for the event, according to an information packet distributed by TKE. Three members from each organization will go against three members of another organization, one-by-one, in a bracket-style tournament. The first team to score two points will advance to the next round.

There will be awards for first place in the joust competition for women's and men's team, and for first and second place overall.

Students will also be able to play a dunk tank game to win raffle tickets.

"Joust for Jude is a fun and original idea and we're really excited to show it off to the public," said TKE member Jonathan Thompson, a sophomore marketing major.

This year, TKE's philanthropy has dedicated four days to have the opportunity to raise money for the children of St. Jude.

"I'm really excited to have planned such a successful philanthropy event. I'm incredibly grateful to everyone that has come to support our cause. We're so happy to have raised so much for St. Jude," said TKE's philanthropy chairman Robert Taylor, a sophomore radio-television major.

With the help of other Greek organizations, especially those in Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta and Kappa Alpha Theta, TKE surpassed its goal of $1,500 and is on its way to raising $2,000 for St. Jude.

St. Jude is one of the world's premiere pediatric cancer research centers, and the brothers of TKE have committed to raising money and awareness for the hospital founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who was a member of TKE.

"Joust for Jude is such a great idea. It's always good to have fun while raising money for a good cause," said TKE member Drew Koers, a sophomore mechanical engineering major.

Joust for Jude will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the TKE house, 2912 Blue Whistler Lane Orlando, FL 32817.

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