TKE hosting community day

The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon are holding an “Oswego Community Cares Day” charity event this Sunday at the American Foundry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event, coordinated by sophomore public relations major Kristen Burke, includes musical acts from Our Friend’s Band, ZXZ band, Behind Broken Flames and Bao, as well as a comedic performance by sophomore Sarah Benson. Tickets are $15 and include three raffle tickets and a barbecue chicken dinner.

Burke said she has been planning this event alongside TKE brother Stan Dorelien since May.

“Our vision for the event is to help create a community day,” Burke said. “We wanted to take the SUNY campus and the city community and try to do something for both of them, since we don’t have the best reputation with the community.”

Burke hopes the event will help bridge the gap between college students and members of the Oswego community.

Burke said the event is geared to be family friendly, since it’s a community event. Prizes will be raffled off at the event.

“We have some really great raffle prizes,” Burke said. “We have a ton of gift cards from local businesses and establishments like the bowling alley and the movie theater.”

Other prizes include a signed Florida-Georgia Line album, a signed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis album and Jets and Giants sports gear.

All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which TKE has actively held fundraisers for in the past.

“I partnered with TKE to do a charity event for St. Jude’s,” Burke said. “It’s a charity that they partner with because one of the founders of St. Jude’s, Danny Thomas, was a TKE brother, so they support that organization.”

Burke, who works with Student Association Programming Board and is a member of Public Relations Student Society of America, said she wanted to help TKE plan the event.

“I presented to them past fundraisers and events I organized and they allowed me to help them plan the event,” Burke said.

Burke and TKE hope the students and residents of the Oswego community will help support a great cause and enjoy a night out.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

“It’ll be a relaxed evening and it’s for a great cause,” Burke said.