Phi Delta Theta teeters for cause
Posted April 3, 2009
Sher Porter
LV Life Editor


For the first time at the University of La Verne, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity teeter-tottered for 24 hours from March 26 through March 27 to raise money for their philanthropy.

Their mission for the event was to raise money to find a cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is a fatal neuromuscular disease that over time, robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.

The disease is also known as the Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player and Phi Delta Theta alumnus who announced his illness in 1939.

“We can raise money and hope that there is a cure for it,” Alan Weinreb, senior psychology major said.

Weinreb organized the event after witnessing other Phi Delta Theta chapters at other schools doing it. He thought it would be a good way to raise awareness and money.

“It’s more so to bring an awareness to a disease that has no cure that no one really knows about,” said Fernando Vallin, senior international business and language major.

After planning the event Weinreb found someone to construct the teeter-totter for him for $450, but the Associated Students of the University of La Verne helped with the cost.

Each member of the fraternity signed up to ride the 14-foot wooden structure for at least 30 minutes. They started at 11 a.m. on March 26 and ended at 11 a.m. on March 27.

“Luckily we had cushions because it definitely hurt my butt a lot,” Weinreb said.

The men had fun tossing around a Nerf football, playing jokes and trying to evenly distribute weight as they teeter-tottered.

“It’s a lot more fun than people think,” Mike Flores, graduate student and member of Phi Delta Theta said.

Other people outside of Phi Delta Theta also came to support and donate money.

“I think this is a great event because it’s creative and unique and they’re trying to educate people about ALS,” Emily Romo, senior English major, said.

At night they held a barbecue for people to attend. Brian Ortega, a Phi Delta Theta alumnus, DJ’ed from 10 p.m. until midnight in Sneaky Park.

“It was awesome that there was so many (people) there to support,” Weinreb said.

The event was only fun and games, it was also a learning tool. There was a table of pamphlets and information about ALS and other ways to donate.

The fraternity wants to do this event again in the future.

They hope to have another teeter-totter event to allow people to ride if they donate money.

“We wanted to bring a new tradition to ULV to raise money for ALS,” Vallin said.

The only change Weinreb would make would be to have more publicity. Reporters from the Daily Bulletin and other publications came to report on the event. Weinreb thinks that this is a event that more people should know about.

“I know the news would come out for something like this,” Weinreb said.

The fraternity exceeded its goal and raised more than $1,000.

Sher Porter can be reached at sherrice.porter@laverne.edu.

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