Fraternity runs to help military families

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer

Members of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity helped raise $10,000 to support injured military personnel and their families.

A total of 120 members from three chapters of the fraternity participated in the three-day, 321-mile run to benefit the national Fisher HouseFoundation.

The Fisher House supports military families by providing shelter to families of soldiers who are hospitalized for an illness, disease or injury, according to a mission statement on the foundation’s Web site.

The national fraternity’s goal is to raise $100,000 to aid in the construction of a Fisher House burn center in San Antonio, named after the national Kappa Sigma fraternity, said Cesar Sabillon, president of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter.

Fifty-two members of ENMU’s chapter kicked-off the inaugural football run fundraiser.

“Even though this event was put together so quickly, it was a huge success,” said ENMU Kappa Sigma grand treasurer Sam Michnovicz.

ENMU members began the first leg of the run Sept. 18, using a relay system to cover the 130 miles from Portales to Hondo, Sabillon said. The leg took 16 hours.

“The hardest pat of the run was the final 10 miles,” Michnovicz said. “We all just had to remind ourselves what we were doing this for and press forward.”

From Hondo, members of the New Mexico State University chapter ran to Tularosa, and the University of Texas-El Paso Chapter completed the run to the UTEP stadium.

A part of the challenge for each of the fraternities was class scheduling, Sabillon said.

“It was a bit hectic but everyone that wanted to be a part of this run made the adjustment in their schedules,” Sabillon said. “Each of our respective universities and communities supported us in our efforts.”

The run ended at 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The three chapters later attended the New Mexico State-UTEP football game in Las Cruces.

“We collected donations at the game and spent time at the game with the soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss,” Sabillon said.

“It is awesome that we were able to participate in this event that will help our military heroes,” Michnovicz said.