Ronald Reagan once said all great change in America starts at the dinner table. For UCF's Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter, change will start inside the laser tag arena.
Named for one of the fraternity's most notable alumni, Ronald RayGun will serve as the main event for its chosen philanthropy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The bracket-style tournament will be held in the Pegasus Ballroom from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, where attendees are invited to create teams of eight to compete against each other on a bunker-covered battlefield. The winning team from each six-minute round will advance to the next round.
"Ronald RayGun was created two years ago," said TKE's philanthropy chairman Bobby Norman, a junior information technologies major. "[TKE] wanted to create an event that would encourage more participation, and laser tag was what they decided on."
Organizations wanting to create teams for the event must register by Saturday. To register, a form must be submitted along with a cost of $75 for the first team, and $50 for each additional team entered in the tournament, according to TKE's Ronald RayGun information packet.
Founded by TKE alumnus Daniel Thomas, St. Jude will reap the benefits of all four events leading up to the fraternity's second annual laser tag tournament.
This Thursday, TKE will be set up outside the Student Union on the Patio Stage where passing students will have the opportunity to pie one of the fraternity's members with whip cream. Donations are strongly encouraged.
TKE's vice president Robert Taylor, a sophomore radio-television major, said Pie-A-Teke raised more than $250 last semester for St. Jude. This time, they are pushing for more donations.
"As an organization of our size, we have the ability to truly make an impact. Because of this, I want to do my part and make change happen," Norman said.
On Monday, a partial proceeds event will be held at the Chili's on Colonial Drive, during which 10 percent of patrons' bills will go toward the children's hospital.
There will be a banner signing at the Student Union on Tuesday where donations will be accepted. Taylor said this event will raise awareness for St. Jude, as well as get students excited for the main event.
The final event before Ronald RayGun will be another partial proceeds on Wednesday at Tijuana Flats on University Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where 10 percent of bills will be donated to St. Jude as well.
"One of the main goals of any Greek organization is to excel in philanthropy," Taylor said. "We are always pushing each other to better the community by raising money for organizations like St. Jude. If we have the resources to make our community a better place, why wouldn't we?"
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