On February 8, the Beta Omega chapter went "all in for the cure" with their 10th annual Casino Night at Ohio State University.
The event welcomed more than 1,000 people to the Ohio Union Ballroom, complete with blackjack and craps tables, roulette wheels and a live jazz band. The event also hosted a silent auction, raffle and photo opportunity with former Ohio State Buckeyes Head Football Coach Jim Tressel, Baldwin-Wallace ’72 initiate.
"The lessons our brothers are learning about reaching out and making a difference to others are going to serve them very well in the rest of their lives,” said Tressel.
The event raised $42,190 and all of the proceeds benefited the Tressel Family Fund for Cancer Prevention Research. Overall, the chapter has donated more than $230,000 over the past 10 years.
Beta Omega has seen the event grow from less than 100 people just 10 years ago to more than 1,000 attendees, and the chapter plans to continue that growth.
"Hopefully we can reach that tipping point soon and end the battle with cancer,” said Brant Hysell, Ohio State '12.
The Zeta Beta chapter at the University of Southern California has taken a great idea and turned it into one of the chapter's most valuable member benefits: networking.
"We decided to send out a call to alumni asking if they'd be interested to come to a Career Day where you talk about your industry and how you got there," said Chapter Advisor Jerry Papazian, Southern California '74.
Zeta Beta has been hosting an annual ATO Career Day for three years now. The response from undergraduates and alumni has been overwhelmingly positive. It answers one of the most basic questions of any undergraduate: what do I want to do after I graduate?
"We have people that are in the entertainment industry, people that are entrepreneurs… engineers… consultants," said Alumni Relations Officer Derek Nielsen, Southern California '12. "Being able to kind of pick their brains about their various experiences, and how that would apply to me moving forward, was definitely very useful."
"This is one of those experiences that reminds you, 'You know what? It's special to reconnect with these guys,'" said Blaine Rominger, Southern California '80.
"You can do these [events]," said KNBC-TV Weathercaster Carl Bell, Southern California '81. "They're so easy, and they're fun. It's reconnecting."