Wednesday, November 21, 2012

RIVERSIDE: Fraternity’s race supports Make-A-Wish Foundation

RIVERSIDE: Fraternity’s race supports Make-A-Wish Foundation | Breaking News | - Press-Enterprise:

Steven Bugarin, the philanthropy chair of Sigma Phi Epsilon, awards Dimitri Whitman a medal for competing in the the second annual Chris Lee 5K Run for Hope, on Saturday, Nov. 17. 
The second annual Chris Lee 5K Run for Hope was held by the UC Riverside chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The event benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was named in honor of Chris Lee, a Sigma Phi Epsilon brother and former president who was seriously injured in a car accident earlier this year.

More than 100 runners participated at the event, which began at 8 a.m. at UCR’s bell tower. The race and the following fundraiser aimed to raise $5,000 to grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition in the Orange County and Inland Empire area.

Lee and the other car accident victim, Regan Moore, have faced serious medical battles following the crash. Lee was initially in a coma but has since made significant improvement at a rehabilitation center in Alabama. Moore also is in rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury.

UCR’s Sigma Phi Epsilon President Matthew Womack said Lee’s dedication to the foundation makes the event’s naming in his honor all the more valuable.

“Chris was a strong advocate of the event and the foundation it supports,” Womack said. “It shows the campus and the community that the chapter is centered around giving back.”

UCR student and race participant Erin Stanley agreed.

“This one is an especially good cause. My sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, had several teams participating in the race. We were honored to be able to support Make-A-Wish and Chris.”

Stanley, who is a Gamma Phi Beta sister of Regan Moore, says that Sigma Phi Epsilon has been active in helping Regan any way it can, and her sorority was glad to be supporting Chris.

Many runners at the event wore shirts emblazoned with “Don’t Stop Believing,” the unofficial motto shared by the friends and families of Lee and Moore.

Those wishing to contribute to the fraternity’s efforts to support Make-A-Wish may visit through Thursday, Nov. 22.
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