BENEFITING: NAMI DANE COUNTY INC
Sigma Alpha Epsilon UW-Madison
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after an individual has experienced or witnessed a major trauma. The sooner PTSD is confronted, the easier it is to overcome. About 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives, but only half of those who seek help receive even “minimally adequate” treatment. The more we increase awareness, the more we increase the demand for funding that will support research and consultations. This year, the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at UW-Madison have committed to raising money to benefit the National Alliance of Mental Illnesses (NAMI), and have requested that the funding be directed towards their PTSD branch. September 20, 2015, we will be hosting our first annual “Mendota Classic: A Canoe Race”, and it will be open to the UW community. The race will start and end at the dock behind the SAE house and will feature live music, food from local businesses and a prize raffle. We expect hundreds of UW-Madison students to participate in this event and invite you to participate as well. In order to make the 2015 canoe race the best it can be and raise as much money as possible for PTSD, the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon are seeking donations from our local businesses. We have identified your business as one with a growing local presence and are thus asking for your support in this year’s race. Two immediate needs exist for this event to grow. The first is a monetary donation to help cover the costs of rental rates for the canoes, hire a lifeguard to ensure the safety of participants, and t-shirts for event participants. The second need is for prize donations that will go towards a raffle and the race’s winning team. With your help, we would like to reach an event fundraising goal of $2,000. Please contact us with any questions, we look forward to working together!