When four people were killed and dozens injured after a car drove into the Oklahoma State Homecoming parade crowd, the Oklahoma Alpha Chapter brothers made a remarkable decision.
They donated the remainder of their social and philanthropy budget—$5,000—to the victims and their families. They also challenged other Greek organizations to give $5,000 each, hoping to raise $50,000.
“This community rallies together,” said chapter president Brian Rosebrook, ’15. “We had the means and willingness to be a spark that helps our Cowboy family.”
The scale of the tragedy meant that many victims, some with life-threatening injuries, were left unable to pay medical bills. The chapter saw this need and felt that they could help fill it.
“Our thought was, ‘Why are we doing this?’” said vice president of finance Aaron Cromer, ’16. “If it was our own brother hurt in this accident, what would we do? The conclusion was that we should act the same.”
The brothers understand the positive influence they can have on their community.
“We as students and student organizations are part of the community here, and it’s up to us if we want to see a real positive impact,” said vice president of member development Levi Close, ’17. “We know the town, we know the people, and it feels like we’re helping out our friends and hometown, not strangers.”