For over 25 years Gamma Zetas have been gathering in Chicago for our annual buy a brother a beer, post work “Holiday Happy Hour”. This tradition was started by the class of ’80 but has spread to all Gamma Zetas over the years. It’s a great and easy opportunity to get your own class together while at the same time crossing over to connect with Gamma Zetas from your era and others. Here are the details:
Date: Thursday, December 19 Time: 4:00 PM – ?? PM (stop by any time) Location: Porter Kitchen & Deck 150 N. Riverside Plaza Chicago, IL (great location… same as last year… just a couple blocks to trains) Cost: Cash bar plus a $20 donation to cover the cost of the minimum and some appetizers
So, mark your calendars and plan to stop by to say hello. Reach out to your brothers and let them know that you’ll be there and that you’d like to see them… not everyone is on my email list (or reads it if they are so need your help spreading the word!)
Note: Porter (https://porterchicago.com/) is one of Matt Menna’s ’93 very cool Four Corner’s Tavern Group bars/restaurants… same as last year. Matt promises to make sure there are some great appetizers set out for us!
Looking forward to seeing everyone on December 19!!
Dane Luhrsen Gamma Zeta ’77 Director of Alumni Relations Editor Gamma Zeta News firstname.lastname@example.org 630-638-8572
Phil Coover ’04 has just posted another episode of his popular “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast, a discussion with Matt Katsaros ’02 about the exciting things that he’s doing with his company CA Ventures – https://www.realestatebreakfast.com/real-estate-for-breakfast
Congrats to the winners of our 2019 Tau Madness NCAA Bracket Challenge. 1st – Bill “BB” Barry ’77 2nd – Steve Ogden ’13 3rd – Joe Patrevito ’02
BB has already committed to donating his winnings to Gamma Zeta’s signature charity – Feed My Starving Children who is the big winner of over $2,000. Thanks to all who played and donated!! BB is also donating another $100 from a side bet that he had with John Norton ’77 who he has beaten 11 years in a row. Thanks Nort!! We love having you in the pool each year!! In fact, you’re welcome to join any pool that we ever do.
Gamma Zeta class
of ‘18 held its 1st Annual post-graduation career fair this
Sunday at the Alpha Tau Omega chapter house at the University of Illinois. With
an impressive turnout of over 60 active members, the class of 2018 had 10
recent graduates make the trip back to Champaign to give a presentation on the
career path we have forged in less than a year after graduating. We wanted to
get in front of the active members to not only be a resource for them but also
to start a tradition that we hope every recent graduate class will partake in
so we can continuously offer a helping hand to our brothers that are still in
search of their degrees. The power of this fraternity spans far past the 4
years spent in school – it provides opportunities and bonds that serve a
lifetime’ – Kevin Johnson ’18
I also wanted to
give a shout out to Raven and the current active members. My fellow pledge
brothers and myself were blown away by the amount of guys who showed up for
this along with the attentiveness they showed throughout the 2-hour
Gamma Zeta’s got together last night at Matt Menna’s ’93 very cool Sidebar Grille in Chicago to support Tom “TSquared” Tunney’s ’77 reelection bid for Alderman of the 44th Ward. Thanks to all who attended and donated and good luck Squared!! There’s still time to make a donation and it would be appreciated. Here’s the link – https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d2/default.aspx?wid=153930
Tom Schreiber ’82 asked me to share the following… great work Tom!!
I’m with a non-profit out of Barrington called Rahab’s Daughters that rescues girls and women out of sex trafficking (forced prostitution, forced dancing in strip clubs). They set up a new chapter in the Super Bowl city each year – 43 women and kids were rescued in Minneapolis before last year’s Super Bowl. Longer term, we provide shelter and services to help the women integrate back into society. I’ll be in Atlanta starting Jan 25 helping with the operation.
To me, the shocking thing is 11 kids were rescued last year. They had been living in cars and dangerous places.
The big need we have is providing housing for the women after the rescue. We have a Safe House set up for the first few days, but safe accommodations are needed for several weeks for 40-50 people. I’m trying to raise $10,000 so we can strike a deal with Atlanta area extended-stay hotels. As of today we’re about halfway there including a couple large verbal commitments. Could you spread the word to our ATO network? Several of the brothers already stepped up. And any amount helps.