Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Recognized for Outstanding Fundraising Efforts

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Recognized for Outstanding Fundraising Efforts
Fraternity Raises over $37,000 for Race for the Cure in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas —   The University of Texas at Austin’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity was recently recognized for raising $37,300.  The group which is better known as FIJI, was the top fundraising team for Austin’s 2014 Race for the Cure.  Current members were recently honored during an annual alumni dinner which had over 300 alumni in attendance.  Overall in 2014, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Austin raised more than $1 million to fund breast health services locally and more research studies globally.

Texas FIJI started its Race for the Cure team in 2013 in honor of Matt Luna’s mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that year. The team reformed in 2014 and decided to push for more fundraising. Members Matt Luna and Zach Dorflinger, both graduating seniors, led the initiative by hosting a benefit concert that raised more than $20K. Breaking their personal record, Texas FIJI raised $26,335 more in 2014 than they had during the first year they participated. Luna’s mother is now a 1 year breast cancer survivor and walked in the Race in 2014 with her son and over 115 Texas FIJI Race team members.

“We would love to see the team continue what we started and to make this an annual tradition to support Komen Austin.,” said Luna, when asked about FIJI’s goals for the 2015 Race for the Cure. “Giving back to our Austin community is important. We are working on passing the torch to younger members of the fraternity, as well as building support from our alumni members.”

“Just because breast cancer mostly affects women doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect families,” said Dorflinger when asked what prompted a group of young men to get involved in fundraising for an organization dedicated to a disease that primarily affects women.

“It was an honor to recognize the accomplishment of these young men in front of their fellow FIJI alumni,” said Karen Shultz, Interim Executive Director at Komen Austin. “We are fortunate to have many universities in our five county area, and the ongoing support of student groups like the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity for the Race for the Cure.”

Komen Austin will hold its 2015 Race for the Cure on November 15th in downtown Austin.

About Susan G. Komen® Austin
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Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests up to 75 percent into local community health care grants and educational initiatives; the remaining 25 percent is invested into global research to find the cures for breast cancer.