The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon just capped off their first annual Paddy Murphy Philanthropy Week at Michigan State University. As one of the first philanthropy events of the year at MSU, it’s good to see Greek Life getting back to doing something positive.
The campaign is currently at currently at $4,500+ and well on its way to the goal of $10,000. While the fraternity competes and is involved in many philanthropy events around campus every year, the recently reestablished house hadn’t had an event of its own until now. But thanks to the inspiring story of one MSU SAE brother’s recent cancer diagnosis, the SAE brothers took action.
The week centered around the legend of Paddy Murphy, a decorated member of SAE who became part of Al Capone’s bootlegging ring. One day Murphy was given the order to take out one of the FBI officers investigating Capone, but Paddy refused because he knew the FBI agent was a fellow SAE brother. When he refused Capone’s wishes, Murphy was killed by another member in Capone’s ring; sacrificing his own life in order to protect his brother.
Many chapters across nation participate in Paddy Murphy Week but all are unique in their own way. The week at MSU featured several events, highlighted by a relay race event which took place around MSU’s campus. Several sororities competed in the day long event and the race was won narrowly by Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The sororities who participated also created team banners, which is a tradition of the event that happens at many chapters. Points were awarded to the winners.
And as a show of their appreciation to the sororities for their hard work, the SAE brothers had a special get together.
Another highlight was a performance by SAE alumnus Quinn, an up-and-coming artist who’s latest EP Change of Scenery can be found on Sound Cloud.
All the weeks’ proceeds will be donated to The Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in addition to a $1,000 prize from SAE to Alpha Phi, the winning sorority of the week’s activities, who are free to donate to whatever organization they choose.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is an organization specializing in cancer research and treatment. Memorial Sloan Ketter recently helped save SAE alumnus Alex Berlin’s leg after he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer in his calf. Since his diagnosis his senior year, Alex has been battling the cancer and as of now is, thankfully, completely cancer free.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers at Michigan State University couldn’t be happier with the way their inaugural Paddy Murphy Week went, and would like to thank all those who contributed or participated. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.