A SUNY Oneonta fraternity has raised at least $500 in a Walking for Warriors event this weekend, brothers said Sunday.
The family-friendly 5K run/walk in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park on Saturday was part of an initiative to recognize Greek-life alumni in the military, said Peter Hillowe, a senior at the State University College at Oneonta and a member of Chi Phi Fraternity’s Zeta Theta Chapter.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The mission of WWP, now recognizing its 10th anniversary, is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
About 50 participants were pre-registered for the 5K and another 100 or so signed up Saturday morning, Hillowe said. The course looped through Neahwa Park, he said, and about 40 participants ran and 80 walked in the untimed event that was offered to salute and support military personnel past and present.
Some police officers and firefighters participated, Hillowe said, public relations chairman for the fraternity, and they along with SUNY Oneonta Greeks and military and emergency service personnel were registered free of charge.
Chi Phi Oneonta is collecting donations until Thursday, when the fraternity will announce results at a meeting of the college’s Inter-Greek Council, Hillowe said. The chapter will present a plaque with the names of six SUNY Oneonta graduates who participated in campus-recognized Greek-life organizations and went on to join the armed services, he said.
The graduates include five men and one woman, Hillowe said. The “IGC America” program will be in the Hunt College Union at 6 p.m.
The graduates and their affiliations include from Chi Phi, Nicholas Stucko and Danny Mitz in the Navy, Brian Wilson in the Marine Corps, and Sean O’Brien in the Air Force; from Sigma Sigma Sigma, Lisa Holsberger in the Navy; and from Zeta Beta Tau, Richard Chamberlain in the Army.