Children’s Hospital Foundation gives Thiel College Phi Theta Phi fraternity special recognition

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College fraternity Phi Theta Phi was recognized with the “Leaps and Bounds” Award at the annual Corporate and Community Dinner of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation on May 8.

The Fraternity, which has raised more than $1.5 million for the Hospital’s Free Care Fund since it began an annual 100-mile Walk-a-thon in 1968, received the award from Foundation President Rachel Petrucelli because of its increased support for the Fund in 2018. The Walk-a-thon raised $55,884.72 during its December 2018 Walk from Greenville, Pa. to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The total was the most a single walk raised in the event’s 50-year history.

Accepting the Award on behalf of the fraternity were alumni Todd Peine ’85 and John Hauser ’71, 2019 Walk chair Matthew O’Connor ’20 and Phi Theta Phi brother Devin Button ’21.

O’Connor expressed appreciation for “the support of our alumni, the Thiel College Administration, and the many donors who have so generously given to our Walk-a-thon over the years. We are proud to be associated with the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund and the great work (they) are doing.”

The attendees also singled out Phi Theta Phi brother Carl Hoffman, D.O. ’69 H’10 and his wife, Theresa H’16, for their challenge grant for the 50th anniversary walk.

The only local fraternity at Thiel College, Phi Theta Phi continues this event annually without the support of a national office, and chapter officials say it has been recognized to have raised more money for charity than any single fraternity chapter in the world.

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