Fraternities unite to play charitable hockey game

On Mar. 5, Oakland University’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) will host its first Sigma Cup at the Onyx.  The event will go from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the middle rink.  

SAE’s team will play a hockey game against a team comprised of brothers from Theta Chi, Sigma Pi and Alpha Sigma Phi.  

During breaks throughout the game, the brothers will be raffling off various prizes including an iPad, a signed hockey puck and Red Wings tickets.  

Tickets are $5 and include entry to the game and a raffle ticket.  They can be purchased at the door or at tables in the Oakland Center during the week before the event.  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the game.  

Raffle prizes and some funds were provided by sponsors.  Sponsors for the game include Love Your Melon, Lemon & Lime, Southern Tide and Tucker Blair.  

All funds raised for the event will go to support the Children’s Miracle Network.  According to the non-profit’s website, their mission is to “increase funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals.”

According to Joe Dueweke, SAE brother and event coordinator, CMN is SAE’s national charity for the fraternity though Oakland’s chapter works with the local branch.  

“Our goal is to raise $5,000 and I would say to hope for 350 people attending,” Dueweke said.

Dueweke said that the fraternity had attempted similar events in the past but that this was the first year that it would be held at the Onyx.  

In previous years, the fraternities would congregate annually on the frozen pond behind Greek Row to play a game of hockey for fun.  

Dueweke stressed that this will be a parent-friendly event and encourages students to invite their family and faculty.  

The fraternity is currently putting together raffle packages and working on ticket sales.  

SAE hopes to make this an annual event and encourages the Oakland community to attend.  

“It’ll be a good time.  Everything’s going to go to charity from his point on,” Dueweke said. “There’s nothing better than a good rivalry.  It’s going to be a rough game and fun to watch.”

SAE is hoping to make a website for the event.  For more information, visit the event page on Facebook or find the fraternity’s tables set up in the Oakland Center the week after break.