On Sunday March 29, the brothers of Tennessee Alpha at Vanderbilt University joined together once again to host their annual Webb Memorial Pig Roast, raising $25,400 for The ALS Association’s Tennessee Chapter. The event was held in honor of Vann Webb, a brother of Tennessee Alpha who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during his sophomore year at Vanderbilt and died shortly thereafter.
The event overlapped with the final day of Dad’s Weekend and featured a country band, a corn hole tournament, and a roast pig courtesy of brothers Connor and Colin Caldwell. Fundraising efforts by brothers, alumni support, and sponsorships from other Greek chapters helped make the event a success. The money donated will be used by The ALS Association to provide needed equipment to those with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the Middle Tennessee area, such as speech generating devices to allow those who have lost the power of speech to communicate with their loved ones.
The event included extensive chapter participation. Brothers worked to raise money by sending support emails to friends and family, selling tickets to the Vanderbilt student body and raising awareness for the event through social media. Brothers stayed up all night to roast the pig and spent the morning setting up the house for the event.
The event was publicized through a number of different methods to Vanderbilt’s student body, including chapter announcements and sponsorship by Vanderbilt Student Government. The executive director of The ALS Association’s Tennessee Chapter spoke briefly at the event, and she expressed her sincerest thanks to the chapter for their support.