Another Successful FMSC Event!

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Kudos to the Gamma Zeta Philanthropy Team for a well-attended, successful event! Excellent work Christian Klos (’18), C.J. Taylor (’24), Mick Bauer (’24), Mickey Leyden (’24), Andres Garwood (’25) and Dave Santos (’24).

And huge thanks and gratitude to the donors, service groups, sororities and Illini women’s sports teams that helped make it possible.


2018 RG Swedo ’96 Golf Outing Recap

Congrats to Billy Hanson ’16, Sal Fratto ’16, Alex Karl ’15, and Jimmy Kowalczyk ’16 – for finishing 3rd at the 17th RG Swedo ’96 Golf Outing last weekend. With the lowest score of the 12 ATO teams, they are the winners of the 2018 Heldman ’98 Trophy. Thanks to Matt Massucci ’96 for coordinating this great event which raised just under $7k for scholarships – putting the total raised at nearly $260k since it started 17 years ago!

There were over 30 ATO Alumni that played, ranging from 1981s to 2012s.
John Bucklar, Matt Massucci, John Barrientes, Steve Currey, John Vlahavas, Jeff Chou, Mark Liyeos, Steve Spy, Nick Spy, Jon Spy, Pat Martin, Andrew McIntyre, Tim Cochran, Kevin Marston, Chris Bonds, Curt Richardson, Jim Lyznicki, Ed Traines, Billy Hanson, Sal Fratto, Alex Karl, Jimmy Kowalczyk, Jason Swedo, Jason Aguiar, Ted Dimiropolous, Joe Rossi,  Jeremy Aguiar, Jim Meister, Jon Upleger, Kevin Baum, Matt Starman, Barry Schmidt, Chris Ernst, Ryan Yagoda, and Francis Hollweck.

Gamma Zetas to lead effort to pack 100,000 meals for needy children at Armory on September 25

mobilepackOn Sunday, September 25th, the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega will be hosting a new signature event.  I’m excited to tell you about it and would like to invite you to participate with us.

Feed My Starving Children, a hunger relief organization, will be coming down to Champaign-Urbana to help us host a “MobilePak” event. During this event, over 100,000 meals will be packed for children in need. The event will be taking place at the Armory on campus, and involve nearly 500 people. The bulk of the volunteers are other Greek organizations on campus, along with other groups in the C-U area.

Our work on this event started over a year ago.  We raised most of the money which was needed to sponsor this event over Dad’s and Mom’s weekends during the 2015-2016 school year. With the help of other fraternities/sororities and your generous support, we will be able to fund the $22,000 event. Not only will this event be important in improving the name of Alpha Tau Omega, but also change the lives of so many kids.

If you would like to donate or participate, the link below will allow you to do so. There are times available all day Sunday the 25th that you can formally sign up to help through the link below or you can just stop by, pitch in or cheer us on any time you’d like.  Of course, donations directly to Feed My Starving Children will be welcomed as well and can also be done via the link below.  Thank you for your support.



Quinn Gaughan
Alpha Tau Omega External Philanthropy Chair

RG Swedo Outing ups scholarship total to $250K. John Bucklar ’96 team wins Heldman Trophy!

11863238_400999946772543_8253878986969153616_nWe just wrapped up the 14th Annual R Gregory Swedo ’96  Foundation Golf Outing.  We had over 110 golfers + a great group of volunteers.  Based on our bar tab – it looks like everyone had a great time….
In total – we raised over $10k, putting our 14 year total ​at​ $250k.  We awarded our 11th scholarship this year!​
​We added a new twist – awarding the Matt Heldman Trophy – to the highest finishing ATO team.  In total, we had 25 ATOs play, and 10 of the 27 4somes were in the hunt for the trophy – including 4 undergrads (special thanks to Bill Barry ’77 for sponsoring the undergrad team).
Congrats to John Bucklar for winning this year!  The​re​ was a 3 way tie at -15, which included​ John Bucklar 96, Brian Grady, Andy Clark, and Chip Aubry​.  They lost in the 150 yard shoot-out by about 2 feet, and finished 2nd overall.​  ​John also did a phenomenal job putting together a video with pictures and music full of mid 90s classics.​  Here’s a link –

For anyone that knew Greg, it is a must watch.​

Mark your calendar – next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for 8/27.  We definitely need another 10-20 ATOs next year.
Thanks again to our volunteers & sponsors:
– Pat & Jenny Kernan
– Amanda Massucci & Mike Wokosin
– Brian Welch – State Farm
– Massucci Blomquist Anderson and Dunn
– Bevery & Doug McMillen-Reid Family
– John McMillen & Laurie Hutchings & Family
– Hirewell
– Sayers
– William A Randolph
– CMC Advisory
– Chicago Beverage System
– Commonwealth Bar
– Schultz
– Lakeshore Beverage
– Sierra Nevada
– Careerbuilder
– Reliable Computer
Here’s a link to a brochure with additional info about the event – RGS Brochure Final 2015
See you next year!

Matt Massucci ’96

Bill “BB” Barry ’77 honored at All Stars Project of Chicago at Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon

Congrats to Bill “BB” Barry ’77 who was recognized today at the All Stars Project of Chicago Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon as one of two Partners With Youth Award Winners. The luncheon, due in no small part to BB’s leadership and support raised over $500,000. Thanks to the many Gamma Zetas who attended, sponsored or donated. Hope more can join in next year. Very cool program and event!!

Some pics from the luncheon…


BB with brothers John, Bruce “Carp” and Larry. Dan “Dog” also attended but slipped out before pictures. Carp “80” and Dog “84” are Gamma Zetas


Jimmy Kowalczyk ’16 and John Aymond ’80


Mark Faber ’75 and Bill Rolander ’83 with BB

Ray Tiernan ’13 – 2015 Chicago Take Steps for Crohn’s And Colitis


This spring marks the 10 year observance of my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. In celebration of my current state of health, I am asking friends and family to get together and support an organization that supports local patient programs, as well as important research projects.

Take Steps is CCFA’s national walk, the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research for Crohn’s and Colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases.

This cause is very important to me and I appreciate your help as we fight for cures! If you are unable to join me on the day of the event [May 30th, 9am, Montrose Harbor] please donate towards my team’s goal!   Here’s the link –



ATOs and Pikes team to raise over $2200 for Illini Veterans!

hockeyatoOn Monday, April 27 Gamma Zeta ATO beat Pikes 3-2 in a Charity Hockey Match  to benefit Illini Veterans.  Over 300 fans attended the match and over $2,200 was raised to be donated to the Illini Veterans!!  Great job guys working with Pikes to benefit this important organization and thanks to Brett Freedland ’16 for all of his leadership to pull this off!