Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity put aside their differences this weekend, to help raise money with their rival school, at the 9th annual â€œRunning Past the Rivalryâ€ Football run. This event is held annually to raise money for the Ronald Reagan Research Institute for Alzheimerâ€™s Disease.Â
â€œWe look forward to this event every year,â€ Westernâ€™s TKE President, Vern Wheeler said. â€œItâ€™s a good cause and it feels good to donate a chunk of money to help people.â€
This year the Missouri Western and Northwest chapters had a goal of raising a combined $500 for Alzheimerâ€™s. Since 1998, local TKE members have raised $4,500. Each year members from the different chapters take turns running the ball from one stadium to the other, delivering the game ball. This year members of the Northwest chapter ran the 43 miles from Rickenbrode Stadium on the Northwest Missouri State campus to Spratt Memorial Stadium on Westernâ€™s campus.
â€œI think itâ€™s important to look past rivalry,â€ Western TKE member, Jeremy Ackerman said.Â â€œThis is a good way to work past differences for a good cause.â€
The Alzheimerâ€™s Association is TEKEâ€™s newest philanthropy to commemorate former U.S. President and TKE alumnus, Ronald Regan, who passed away from complication with Alzheimerâ€™s in 2004.
â€œWith as much rivalry between the two organizations,â€ Western TKE member, David Williams said. â€œTo do something in collation together shows we are all students and are only 43 miles apart. We can come together and help a cause like Alzheimerâ€™s.â€