Last night, the brothers of the Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity hosted the opening night of their week-long ACE Project. The opening night featured a speech by Mrs. Patty Spady of the Sam Spady Foundation, who spoke on her daughter’s untimely death due to acute alcohol poisoning in September 2004.
The crowd topped 270 high school and college students and also saw a number of Monmouth University administration and officials present. The event lasted about an hour and a half and drew both laughs and tears through the event. Other speakers included Reza Zedah of the Sam Spady Foundation and the Lighthouse organization as well as Chris Brown, an Eatontown lawyer who focusing on risk management situations.
Overall, the event was a rousing success. Please see the uploaded pictures for a view of how great the night was.
I put this in my blog because every major media outlet in the tri-state area from local Monmouth County papers like The Link, Atlanticville, and The Coaster to regional papers like the Asbury Park Press to bigger outlets like UPN 9 News, NBC 4, and Fox News were all invited. Of the 15+ news outlets that were invited to attend, not one showed up – not even the campus newspaper, radio station, or television station. This is an absolute disgrace.
As fraternity men, we understand that the media loves to highlight the situations that focus on the negative aspects of less than 0.1% of fraternity men in this nation. But when so many news outlets are invited to very large gathering with a positive focus, it shows you what a disgusting media we have today that not 1 person came to cover it.
THIS is why blogs are starting to overtake the conventional media and why the internet is such a great tool to move information around the globe. When the media fails at covering real, good news – the bloggers pick up their slack.
Congratulations to the men of the Delta-Beta Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity on a job well done.