Alpha Tau Omega kicks off Walk Hard fundraising with “Steaks for Soldiers”

It may have been Sorority Hill but on Thursday night Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was serving up steaks to TROY students as a way to raise money to help wounded veterans.

“This is kind of the kickoff to Walk Hard season,” says ATO President Nick Shaver. “From this event, which is Steaks for Soldiers, we start raising money and then we’ll start pursuing businesses around the community. We’ll start pursuing our friends, family and everybody we can really get this message out to. So this in general is a good way to get out to the community and a good way to get out to the students.”

“The brothers of ATO will spend six days during their spring break walking from TROY’s main quad to Panama City beach in an effort to raise money for Jeep Sullivan’s Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures.

“We walk for Jeep Sullivan, who is an initiated brother of ours,” says Shaver. “Jeep’s organization takes wounded veterans and veterans who have PTSD and that kind of stuff on hunting trips, fishing trips and other things to really kind of get them incorporated back into society but more than that he also shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them and we’re really, really about that. We’re passionate about the work Jeep does and who he is and so anything that we can do to raise money for him and to get our name out there to, in turn, raise more money for him we’re all on board for it.”

One of the veterans helped by Sullivan was on hand for the event and shares the impact the organization has personally had on him.

“I’m a Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom veteran,” says Veteran Gabriel Sistrunk. “When I retired, I got medical retired from the Army, and I went through some pretty dark days when I first returned and I met Jeep Sullivan and I started going on different hunts and fishing trips with him. I think about five years ago he asked me to be the guest speaker for the ATO guys and I swear I fell in love with them guys from the first first time I met them and found out what they done and how they walk all the way to Panama City to support us veterans it was just overwhelming.”

For the full story watch Beth Anne’s report.