Contact: Andrew DeFillipp at (207) 581-4161
ORONO – Beta Theta Pi, the University of Maine’s oldest fraternity, will hold its 14th annual sleep-out to raise money and awareness for Rape Response Services of Bangor on Friday, Feb. 23. Rape Response Services of Bangor helps to educate the community about the issues surrounding sexual assault, while also providing education and support services.
Feb. 19-23, the brothers of the Beta Eta chapter of Beta Theta Pi will sell raffle tickets in UMaine’s Memorial Union to raise money for the organization. They are also selling sponsorships to go on their sponsorship wall, which will face College Ave. throughout the night to recognize those who support the cause.
At the end of the week of fundraising, the brothers will all participate in a 12-hour sleep-out, from 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 to 6 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. During this time, all 37 active brothers will be locked out of the fraternity house and will not be allowed back in until the following morning. Brothers will stay on the front lawn of Beta Theta Pi, 12 Munson Road.
Brothers will continue raffle ticket sales that evening and will draw the winners for various prizes, all donated by greater Bangor area businesses. A bonfire will burn throughout the night as the central symbol of this annual tradition.
Rape Response Services provides crisis intervention, support groups and community education in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. The organization’s efforts are essential in preventing rape and counseling those affected by the crime. Last year’s Beta Sleep-Out raised $2,200. This year’s goal is $3,000.
Members of the university and surrounding communities are encouraged to come and show their support. Donations are strongly encouraged. For more information, please contact Andrew DeFilipp at (207) 581-4161 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Beta Theta Pi, 12 Munson Rd., Orono, ME. 04469 attn: Sleep-Out.