Troy University’s chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity earned the Top Contributor slot for 2019 with the Alabama Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, thanks to the fraternity’s annual Crawfish Boil and a donation of $19,500.
“Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other blood cancers affect millions world wide and has had an impact on each brother of FarmHouse Fraternity in some form. We are very thankful for everything the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society does and love contributing to the organization,” said 2019 Philanthropy Chair Jacob Hurdle. “Our goal for the year was $15,000, but through our many fundraising events, we were able to go above and beyond.”
Those other fundraising events included the fraternity’s “CoffeeHouse” singing competition event, as well as setting up tables on campus, hosting campus-wide competitions and partnering with Be The Match, said Chapter President Tristan Black.
“This year we were extremely honored to be able to donate $19,500 and be recognized as a top donor in the LLS Student Series and in the state of Alabama,” he said. “Being able to do that for such a great cause is an incredibly humbling experience because we are able to provide a real service to those in need within our own community.”
Some 1,200 pounds of crawfish with all the fixings goes into the fraternity’s spring-time crawfish boil. Last year, more than 600 tickets were sold to the all-you-can-eat affair that included live entertainment, raffles and a banner competition.
“Regardless of awards and recognition, our purpose remains to provide hope and healing for those affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma. We at FarmHouse believe that every effort to make the world around us a better place is well worth our time and are proud to support a cause that helps make lives better every day,” said 2020 Philanthropy Chair Justin Grimsley.
“We donate 100 percent of our philanthropy proceeds directly to LLS. We love working with LLS because a large percentage of our donations are used to help affected families right here in Alabama,” he said.
Grimsley said the chapter’s goal for 2020 is to raise $25,000 for the society. Its next Crawfish Boil is slated for April 16 at the fraternity house on Pell Avenue’s Fraternity Row on the Troy Campus.
“We are proud of this accomplishment, but excited for the opportunity to continue serving and working hard to raise the bar even higher in support of LLS,” Black said.
Anyone interested in donating may visit https://farmhouse.crowdchange.co/ and look for “Crawfish Boil 2020.”