With Hurricane Dorian devastating the Bahamas and leaving the country in need of funding for repairs, Florida Tech’s Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society hosted a Bahamas relief fundraiser.
According to Ashley Letendre, the president of Phi Eta Sigma, the honor society has previously hosted activities and events to help benefit the community and the school.
“We have done community service events before,” Letendre said. “We help bring emotional support dogs to campus during finals week. We hope to find ways to help students every day.”
This time around, Phi Eta Sigma sought to get the student body involved and raise money for the Bahamas.
“We wanted to do a fundraiser that we knew a lot of students would come to,” Letendre said. “Volleyball was our choice for an activity because most people can play that sport.”
Ashley Faubion, the advisor for the event, said teams paid ten dollars to play while individuals paid five.
The tournament was held at Southgate, with pizza being donated by the Civil Engagement office.
The volleyball tournament had first place, second place and third place winners, with prizes being awarded to podium winners.
Representatives of the Florida Tech Volleyball Club took first place, while Gabe Quinn and Spencer Somes from Residence Life placed second.
Third place went to representatives of SGA. Eric Hu, representative of the volleyball club, took home a pair of wireless bluetooth speakers as his winning prize.
“It felt nice to play for a good cause,” Hu said. Letendre said the fundraiser was able to raise 120 dollars.
Phi Eta Sigma plans to donate the money to the Salvation Army, which has a direct link to the Bahamas relief effort.
Letendre said the event was a lot of fun, and it was great to see people come out and support a good cause.