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Friday, February 20, 2004

Soaking in a hot tub may not seem like the best way to raise funds, but Phi Gamma Delta is hoping it will work.

The fraternity's members, along with members several sororities from ISU and Rose Hulman, will spend 24 hours soaking in hot water and cold air to raise money for C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum, starting today.

Pledge Educator Steve Parker, who contacted the museum with the idea, said that the "Hot Tub-a- thon" may seem goofy, but it's for a good cause.

"We're hoping for around 180 participants," he said. "We still have about 10 slots to fill, but we're pretty sure we'll get that taken care of by Friday."

Parker said that money for the event will come from various sources, but will all go to one place -- the museum. Participants will be required to bring their own money, and many have contacted sponsors on their own. Donations will also be taken at the event, which is to be held in front of the Mix-FM studios, on 3rd Street in Terre Haute. Festivities will begin today at noon and end at the same time tomorrow.

Students will work shifts in the hot tub, spending a half hour in the water and another half hour standing streetside in bathing suits, drawing attention to the spectacle. Parker said that, surprisingly, most of the late-night slots have been taken by eager students.

"We've got a hole at around 5 a.m.," he said. "I'm sure it will get filled by today. Other than that, everyone's been good at stepping up."

Participating sororities include Delta Gamma, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Tai Omega. The only fraternity affiliated with the event is Phi Delta Gamma, which has chapters at both Rose Hulman and Terre Haute.

"We have numerous sororities lined up," said Parker, "but a couple of those are unconfirmed."

A local spa company will provide the hot tub for the event. It will be delivered Thursday and removed after the festivities on Saturday.

Carol Hollingsworth, an Executive Assistant at C.A.N.D.L.E.S., said that the fundraiser is unconventional, but appreciated anyway.

"We're very excited about it," she said. "They came and contacted us, and we're all for it.

"It's very inventive of them. I just hope the weather's nice."

Parker said that the fraternity hopes to raise $10,000 for the museum, which was destroyed in late 2003.

"You hear a lot of negative about fraternities," he said. "You tell someone about this event and they raise their eyebrows, but it's really for a good cause. We want the community to come out, get involved... we're trying to show what we can all do."

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