Mizzou AEPi Fraternity Seeks to Break Own Record for "Rock-A-Thon"

ALPHA EPSILON PI ROCK-A-THON 901 TIGER AVE, COLUMBIA, MO 65201

April 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Josh Goodman | (636)-222-1921 | jkgvy4@mail.missouri.edu

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The MU chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Fraternity will be holding its biennial “Rock-A-Thon” philanthropy April 27-29. The money raised will go toward the American Cancer Society for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma research.

The event has been taking place since 1969. It involves a single fraternity member sitting in a rocking chair for 63 hours while remaining members disperse across Columbia, as well as mid-Missouri, Kansas City and St. Louis to can for donations.

Senior Adam Bodner was elected as the “Rocker” for the philanthropy this year. The position is recognized by the brotherhood as a prestigious one, especially because of its difficulty.

“It was quite an honor to be elected,” Bodner said. “Rocking for such a long time will certainly be taxing, but I’m looking forward to our organization coming together to raise money for a great cause.”

In 2015, fraternity members collected $132,000 (breaking their previous record of $123,000 in 2013) for Rock-A-Thon and solidified its position as the largest single-chapter Greek philanthropy in the nation. The chapter also has won awards from the American Cancer Society for their ‘Outstanding Contributions’. With support from coaches from MU’s athletic programs, as well as numerous sponsors, the group plans to replicate its success and break their own record yet again.

Chapter members have been preparing for this year’s Rock-A-Thon for more than a year, and are still doing more.

“Lately we’ve been working with other charities to show our support for the community, including Headbands of Hope and Rally for Rhyan,” said Co-Chairman Austin Dubinsky. “We’ve also recently held a concert at Rose Music Hall to raise money and released a new original song and music video for the philanthropy from the Motel Brothers – a pair of musicians from our fraternity.”

The group has also planned a golf tournament for the philanthropy on Saturday, April 22, at Forest Hills Golf Course in St. Louis, as well as a profit share at Shakespeare’s Pizza in downtown Columbia on April 24.

Both Bodner and Dubinsky feel passionate toward Rock-A-Thon, as cancer has hit close to home for them.

“When I was just seven years old, my sister was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma,” Dubinsky said. “She was barely five months old, but we were lucky and caught it early.”

“We all know someone that’s been directly affected by cancer,” Bodner said, as his mother recently finished breast cancer treatment. “Rock-A-Thon is a reminder of why it’s so important to join the fight against cancer. I believe in my fraternity, and I believe in my campus.”

This year’s event will take place on a stage near the corner of Eighth Street and Broadway in downtown Columbia, Missouri, starting at 7 a.m. April 27 and ending at 10 p.m. April 29. Until then, fraternity members are busy preparing through a variety of committees.

MU’s Alpha Epsilon Pi is an organization that hosts Rock-A-Thon with the intent to support the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society and engage the community in a universal mission. Learn more at www.aepirockathon.com or donate at www.crowdrise.com/aepirockathonmu. #TogetherWeCan

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