Regent Thanks Volunteers in Wake of Violent Storms
POSTED: 2011-05-03 :: LAST UPDATED: 2011-05-03, 12:30 ET

A message from Regent Robert Durham on the recent storms affecting regions across the country:

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the recent tornadoes and violent storms. From University communities to small towns, many Brothers, alumni, and their families have been touched. We salute those Brothers participating in relief efforts across the region.

Related message from Office of Greek Affairs at the University of Alabama

As I'm sure you've heard by now, the city of Tuscaloosa was ravaged by a Category EF-4 tornado that ripped through town this past Wednesday, April 27th, leaving dozens dead, hundreds injured, and thousands of families displaced. While the University of Alabama campus escaped with minimal damage, many of our students, faculty and staff lived in the areas hit hardest by the storm.

In the days that have passed, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. People from all over the United States have pledged their support or have come to Alabama to help with the recovery efforts. The Tuscaloosa community has been overwhelmed by the support of our neighbors.

One of the most impressive relief efforts has come at the hands of fraternity and sorority members here at the University. On Friday morning, a call went out from the Delta Kappa Epsilon house for the rest of the Greek chapters to clean out their refrigerators and freezers and bring in that food to be cooked and distributed to those who needed it. Since that time, the UA Greek Relief effort has supplied nearly 30,000 hot meals to displaced families and to first responders and volunteers helping with the recovery efforts. On Sunday, May 1, the UA Greek Relief effort provided over 8,000 hot meals, accounting for over 25 percent of all hot meals served as part of the relief effort. Their work was featured in a primetime story on NBC Nightly News. As I write this message, food is being prepared at the Delta Kappa Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Nu and Phi Gamma Delta houses and is being distributed all across Tuscaloosa. This does not include the thousands of donations of clothing, toiletries and other items that have been collected and distributed as part of this effort.

The Greek community at Alabama, in conjunction with Greek Resource Services and Delta Kappa Epsilon's national education foundation, the Rampant Lion Fund, has created the Greek Relief Fund. This fund will help prolong the Greek community's efforts in helping Tuscaloosa recover from this tragedy. Your tax deductable donation to the Greek Relief Fund will go to purchase food and other supplies desperately needed by those in the community.

The fund will also be used to assist the house and kitchen staff of our fraternities and sororities that were affected by this storm. While not UA employees, these men and women work on our campus every day providing meals and other services to our students. Many of them lived in the areas most tragically affected by the storm, and we've received a number of reports about house staff losing their homes and family members in this tragedy.

To donate to the UA Greek Relief Fund, click here. On the donation page, please select the "Psi Alabama" chapter in the "Chapter" drop down menu, and select "Alabama Greek Relief Fund" in the "Contribution Type" drop down menu.

We appreciate your support of the ongoing relief efforts here in Tuscaloosa.

Roll Tide!

Gentry McCreary
Director of Greek Affairs

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