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The Augie Nelson Golf Classic, sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has raised $8,145 for the National Kidney Foundation of Nebraska this spring, according to Jonathan Crouch of Broken Bow, public relations chair for the organization.
According to Crouch, the tournament, now in its seventh year, was inspired by Augie Nelson of Minden, a UNK Sig Ep founding father who has had kidney disease.
“The Augie Nelson Golf Classic 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. Fraternity members collect hole-sponsorships from local businesses. Alumni and donating businesses participate in the golf tournament by paying a registration fee.
According to Charles McGraw of Kearney, fraternity adviser, the UNK chapter 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.