Fraternity Sleeps in bitter Iowa winter to raise Awareness

Four thousand dollars, 24 hours and temperatures in the 30s. These were the prospects facing the men of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Simpson College on Dec. 2-3, when they positioned themselves in the middle of campus to spend the day in the cold to raise awareness for homelessness.

By the end, ATO had raised $5,249.54 for Hope Ministries in Des Moines to help buy food and clothes for the homeless in the area, exceeding their goal and more than doubling what was raised the year before, according to member Jake Gibney, who organized much of the event.

“I specifically remember (Grant) Waller screaming, ‘Oh my god!’ in our meeting, and I lost it when I found out about it,” Gibney said. “I was high-fiving, hugging, chest bumping, all that bro stuff.”

Freezin’ For a Reason is ATO’s most popular annual event, as well as their most successful.

Trevor McKee, a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, was among the 30-plus fraternity brothers who participated in the fundraiser.

“I have a lot of fun every year with this event,” McKee said. “It really brings the guys closer together and it’s a lot of fun to take part in.”

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