Hillowe said the 5K run/walk and the “IGC America” events were his ideas, inspired by knowing Wilson, who served in Afghanistan this past year. Chi Phi Oneonta and the IGC supported and helped implement the projects, Hillowe said.
Chi Phi Oneonta has 44 members, plus seven en route to initiation as members, Hillowe said.
The fraternity held a 9/11 candlelight vigil to “pay tribute to fallen heroes and those who continue to fight for our freedom,” the chapter’s Facebook page said.
Hillowe said Anthony Messino, Chi Phi community service chairman, was instrumental in setting up the vigil and Halloween activities for the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club.
Remy Gautreau, 21, a senior member of Chi Phi Oneonta, said the Walking for Warriors turnout, which included area residents and college students, was “great.” Gautreau, a music industry major, said he volunteered to help direct runners during the event.
“I thought it was phenomenal,” Gautreau said.
Presenting the event in Neahwa Park was an important community-oriented step, Hillowe said, and the Oneonta Common Council, which had to approve the group’s use of city facilities, was very receptive.
“We try to do good for the community,” Hillowe said.
The fraternity plans to offer Walking for Warriors annually, he said, and build upon this year’s results.
“It definitely was a very successful first, annual,” he said.