24-hour teeter-totter fundraiser braves winter storm, raises money for Red Cross

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — Many people were surprised to see the almost record breaking amounts of snow on the ground when they woke up on Sunday morning, but this isn’t just another story about the freak snow storm in Central Illinois. 

Instead, a group of students from Eureka College rode on a teeter totter in Washington Square for 24-hours all for a good cause. 

“No every year, we normally have on Sunday, the rain is usually what comes and in the 4 years I’ve been doing this,” said Jack Cascone, Public relations Chair of Delta Sigma Phi-Zeta Upsilon. “We’ve never had snow before so this is a little bit out of the ordinary but like we said, rain, shine, snow, sleet, the only thing that will stop us since we’re using a metal teeter-totter is lightning.”

Year after year, Delta Sigma Phi Zeta Upsilon has been coming out to the Washington square to collect donations for the Red Cross.

“Our fraternity motto is better men, better lives,” said Cascone. “We’re really proud in that and we take pride in that and teeter-totter is one of those examples that we’re able to show the community that we’re able to give back and we’re not a frat. We’re a fraternity of men that give back to our community.”

They take shifts having two men on a teeter-totter at all times for a 24-hour period.
That means they we’re outside teeter tottering even when the snow started around 4 a.m. Sunday.

“People are saying, ‘Wow! Like I can’t believe you guys are actually out here. This is crazy!’ said Josh Jackson, President of Delta Sigma Phi-Zeta Upsilon. “There’s 2 and a half, 3 inches of snow on the ground.’ And then a lot of people are, I would’t say that they’re pity donations, but at the same time it’s them seeing us out here is really nice for them to see us doing work and even though it’s 2 and a half inches of snow out here, we’re having fun and they see that and notice that.”

Despite the unpredictable Illinois weather, at the end of the day, they said they are happy to stand out in the snow if that means they can help change someone’s life.

“Having that positive impact, showing our values, standing out in the snow is a testament to that, because it is important on the local level for fraternities, sororities to show that we benefit the community, that we give back to the community that we’re building a bond of brotherhood and we’re building better men,” said Jackson.

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