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The 7th Annual Augie Nelson Golf Classic is set for Saturday, April 2, at the Meadowlark Golf Course in Kearney.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity hosts the annual tournament, which was inspired by Augie Nelson of Minden, a UNK Sig Ep chapter founding father who has had kidney disease.
“The Augie Nelson golf tournament is an opportunity for the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon to give back to the community through a worthwhile cause,” said Marcus Donner of Madison, project chair.
Sig Ep fraternity members collect hole-sponsorships from local businesses, which are then donated to the National Kidney Foundation of Nebraska. Alumni and donating businesses participate in the golf tournament by paying a registration free that benefits both the Sig Ep house and the National Kidney Foundation of Nebraska.
Since the introduction of the Augie Nelson Golf Classic seven years ago, Sigma Phi Epsilon has become the leading house in raising money through philanthropic events. On average, each year the fraternity has donated $7,000 to the National Kidney Foundation of Nebraska.
“This amount easily exceeds the closest competing donation of about $1,000 every year,” Donner said. “The total dollars given to a single organization will top $50,000 this year, which is quite an accomplishment for a group of 30-70 men.”