Proceeds from SAE Hot Dog Eating Contest Presented
Last week EA Bernie Herbkersman, Tommy DiBonaa (VP Internal) , and George Loizou (Risk Manager) went up to Camp Kemo where we donated and served a catered meal along with members of KA and KD.
Harrison Lapin (Philanthropy) and Cameron Thomas Stringfellow volunteer for the camp each year and spend over a week with kids fighting various forms of cancer.
SAE SC Delta/Carolina Teams Up With Fellow Fraternities for Philanthropy Effort
$3,000 in Proceeds Will Support Cole and Stacy Sawyer Foundation
By Lee Wardlaw '19
Brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon participates in Tons ‘O Buns philanthropy event
On the afternoon of April 8, 2017, SAE SC Delta partnered with Kappa Alpha Order and Sigma Nu for a fun filled philanthropy event to raise money for the Cole and Stacy Sawyer Foundation.
The organizations raised a combined $3,000 in the ‘Tons O Buns’ hot dog eating competition. Money was raised through fees of entering the competition and concession sales for spectators. The entry fee for each team was $100.
The competition was organized like this: two teams facing each other at a time, the group eating the most hot dogs in five minutes was declared the winner. Anyone was allowed to participate including students, alumni, Greek staff, and others.
The hot dogs were donated by Ole Timey Meat Market. All proceeds of the event went to the Cole and Stacey Sawyer Foundation to support their efforts in building a camp facility for children in need. The hot dogs were cooked by Scott Sawyer, the father and husband of Cole and Stacey.
Not familiar with the Cole and Stacey Sawyer Foundation? The foundation was created in honor of Cole Sawyer, and his mother, Stacey Sawyer.
Cole was an energetic and vibrant child who enjoyed swimming, skateboarding, and cheering on the South Carolina Gamecocks. He had a positive outlook on life despite being diagnosed with Rhadomyosarcoma, a cancer of the muscle tissue. He attended Camp Kemo a few months before his death, a place for cancer patients and their siblings. Here, Cole felt welcomed and safe.
Cole passed away on November 6th, 2004, and ever since, his family was constantly involved in Camp Kemo and the creation of other similar camps. Sadly, Cole’s mother passed away in February 2016 from a neurological stroke.
Today, the Cole and Stacey Sawyer Memorial Fund is a way to honor the lives of Cole and Stacey as well as a way to preserve Stacey’s dream of helping to fund a permanent retreat and camp facility to children whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer, serious illnesses, and disabilities, along with children of the South Carolina Midlands who are in need.
The organization is committed to raising money to build this specialty camp in the South Carolina Midlands area so these children can have a meaningful camp experience, much like Cole did.