Phi Theta Phi fraternity sets fundraising goal of $20K for weekend Walk-a-thon

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College’s Phi Theta Phi fraternity will engage in their annual Walk-a-thon for the Free Care Fund at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh beginning Friday, Dec. 2 and ending Sunday, Dec. 4.

Phi Theta Phi will mark the 126th anniversary of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh by making a 126-mile trek from Thiel’s campus in Greenville, Pa. to Pittsburgh, Pa. Over the course of the event’s 47-year history, Phi Theta Phi has raised more than $1.5 million for the Free Care Fund. Their goal for this year is to raise $20,000.The Free Care Fund ensures that children receive the medical care they need and that no child from the tri-state area is denied care because of an inability to pay.

The fraternity brothers will leave Greenville at 10 a.m. on Friday and walk through Mercer, Grove City, Slippery Rock and Butler before ending the day in Freeport at Trinity Lutheran Church. On the second day, they will walk through Natrona Heights, Breckenridge, New Kensington, Arnold, Springdale, Cheswick, Harmar Township, Oakmont, and Lawrenceville, finally arriving at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

About the Phi Theta Phi Walk-a-thon

Phi Theta Phi began at Thiel College as a local fraternity in 1966. Two years later, the fraternity started a tradition that has become one of the most successful Greek philanthropy efforts in the College’s history. The first Walk-a-thon was in 1968 and raised $1,100. In 2014, Phi Theta Phi was recognized as one of the Top 10 donors to the Fund. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate have cited the chapter for its service, and in 2002, the Association of Fundraising Professionals acknowledged them as an outstanding philanthropic organization. In 2015, the fraternity was recognized for the walk-a-thon with a Service to Thiel Award.

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