Feb. 4 was a big night for the UMass Lowell ice hockey team, who topped Hockey East rival UNH 8-2 before 6,500 fans at the Tsongas Center.
But the River Hawks weren’t the only ones who came up winners. The Sigma Phi Omicron fraternity hosted two reunions that night — one at the hockey game, the other in Florida — and in the space of a few hours raised almost $12,000 for its endowed scholarship.
“This is the sixth straight year that Sig O has held a reunion to raise money for scholarships,” explains Heather Makrez, executive director of alumni and donor relations. Close to 100 Sig O alumni attended this year’s event, where an anonymous donor offered to match the amount raised up to $1,500. When Sig O alums gathered at the home of Tony Noga ’66 heard this, they phoned in their pledges.
“Not only have UMass Lowell’s fraternities and sororities resumed their place as an important part of student life,” says Makrez, “they’ve become wonderful partners in enhancing our alumni community and rallying their classmates to return to campus and give back. We’re so grateful to have such dedicated alumni so willing to give generously with their time, talent and gifts.”
Says Hank Brown ’67, who organized the Sig O hockey reunion, “Many individuals have supported me through my life. My efforts to advance the Sig O endowed scholarship are my way of giving back to those who share my values, while honoring Carl Pitasi ’66, the prime founder of Sigma Phi Omicron.”
To learn how you can support the Sig O scholarship, contact the Office of Alumni and Donor Relations at 978-934-3140.