October rain doesn’t appear to have dampened a local fraternity’s philanthropic endeavors.

A dozen pop-tents lined the walking trails south of Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library, as members of the school’s Alpha Tau Omega chapter prepared for another evening outdoors. The fraternity pitched tents Tuesday afternoon and vows to  remain there through today, raising funds for the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.

The chapter’s vice president, Eric Hibberad, said Wednesday afternoon that the group planned to show movies on a large outdoor and sell food at an all-Greek social.

“It’s fun. It’s good bonding time for everyone,” the junior public relations major from Valparaiso said.

The ISU chapter, in partnership with ATOs from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, pledged to raise $16,000 during a three-year period. Each group tries to bring in $3,000 a year, members there said.

Nick Renick, a senior marketing major from Frankfort, said the ISU chapter has been hosting outdoor campouts as a fundraiser for several years, donating the proceeds to a number of local charities. His favorite aspect is the camaraderie.

Brandon French, a junior communications major from Bloomington, said his visits to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum have been so positive it’s easy to raise money for the group.

“It’s an awesome facility,” he said, describing it as a great place for local kids to visit. “This is a great way to give back to the community.”

Brian Boyce can be reached at 812-231-4253 or brian.boyce@tribstar.com.

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