For the past 10 years, the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity on campus has hosted an auto show to support its philanthropy. The event was tremendously successful, as the fraternity was able to raise more than $3,200 for its national philanthropy last year, Phi Kappa Tau President Christian Cox said.This year, the Annual Richmond Auto Expo will be held on Sunday in the Alumni Coliseum Lot, said Mike Brown, Phi Kappa Tau events chair. The event will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and all the proceeds will go to benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camps for terminally ill children. The Hole in the Wall is the national philanthropy of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and was founded by one of the fraternity’s prominent alumni, Paul Newman.
“The Hole in the Wall Gang camps are a place for terminally ill children to go and truly enjoy a typical camp experience,” Cox said. “Under normal conditions, these kids, because of the serious nature of their illnesses, would not be able to attend a regular summer camp.”
The gang camps mimic a regular camp, but also provide a 24-hour, “highly trained” medical staff. And the children attend for free. For every $1000 the chapter raises, one child gets to go to camp.
“The notion that we are able to make such miracles occur is truly a powerful and special thing,” Cox said.
“The Phi Tau auto show gives [us] the opportunity to help terminally ill children feel like a kid again,” said Charles Underwood, a junior from Winchester.
“The Hole in the Wall Gang camps are camps for terminally ill children, where they can have a chance to experience ‘camp,’ whereas they wouldn’t normally because of their conditions,” said Eric Glassford, a sophomore from Elsmere. “Basically the car show we put on raises money to send kids to these camps. All the money that we raise is non-profit.”
The men of Phi Kappa Tau enjoy showcasing the auto show and helping out their philanthropy. “Our car show is a great opportunity for us to do something unique to raise money for our philanthropy,” Louisville sophomore Scott Dilley said.
Austin Corder, a freshman from Monticello, said, “I’m really looking forward to the car show. It is an awesome opportunity for us to raise money for our national philanthropy. It should be a great time, and everyone should come out and take advantage of it.”
The event is expected to draw 150-200 cars.
“We have been spending months preparing for the show, collecting sponsorships from local businesses, talking to car clubs, and getting the word out about the event,” Glassford said.
“It comes to no cost for the children and the families. Basically the car show we put on raises money to send kids to these camps,” Glassford said.