Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fraternity Brings Nashville Band to Lincoln for Diabetes Concert

The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity starts off the first weekend of school with a concert to raise donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
According to philanthropy co-chair Mitchell Ferris, the idea to do this concert came about last spring.
Ferris, who is from Omaha, said he went to school with one of the band members who also has diabetes. The Lonely Biscuts who call Nashville their home town, were flown to Lincoln just for the Friday night concert.
The Lonely Biscuts won The Battle of the Bands- Eastern Conference and have become well known in the Omaha area.
Ferris said, "We are here to have fun and get good grades but we are also here to give back and that is part of it. That's why I ran for philanthropy chair."
260 tickets at $10 each, were sold before the concert even started. Total attendance is expected to have reached close to 500 people once all the sales are tallied.
The concert began at 9:15 p.m. and lasted until around 11:30.
Ferris said this is the last event he is coordinating since someone else will sit in his chair on the committee beginning next month.
The fundraiser is being considered a success.