Stillwater News Press

March 7, 2014

Q5: Oklahoma State fraternity ready for Gatorfest

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Alpha Tau Omega Gatorfest Director Greg Stewart said there will be multiple events for the community to get involved in to help raise money. Tuesday is the “Qdoba Night” from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. On Wednesday, ATO is hosting a field day on the Edmon Low Library lawn at 5:30 p.m. for the sororities on campus to compete against each other in fun, competitive games such as relay races and tug of war. This will be followed by an “Orange Leaf Night” from 7-10 p.m. The last event is a cookout at the ATO house on Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and include all you can eat hot dogs and hamburgers, sides and a chance to try a serving of alligator meat. Live music and games outside will also be provided.

1 What is the Alpha Tau Omega Gatorfest?

Alpha Tau Omega hosts an event every year called Gatorfest designed to promote awareness for a philanthropic endeavor, raise money for it and have a blast in the process. Gatorfest consists of restaurant benefit nights, a field day for the sororities on campus, as well as a cookout that includes a chance to try gator meat.

2 How did the Gatorfest get started at Oklahoma State?

Gatorfest was started in 2012 as a philanthropy event to replace our previous event, Eggerator. The first year of Gatorfest raised over $4,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and then $10,000 the very next year. This being our third year, we decided to raise money for a local nonprofit, the Stillwater YMCA, and aim to raise even more.

3 What activities will you provide during the week?

Gatorfest provides a variety of events to be involved in. We hosted a 5K event earlier this year, and plan on having it again next spring. Besides the Qdoba and Orange Leaf nights, we will be having a Field Day for sororities on campus, and a cookout Thursday at the Alpha Tau Omega house with real gator meat!

4 Where are funds raised during the events donated to?

All of the proceeds raised will be given to the Stillwater YMCA.

5 What else should the community know about Gatorfest?

The community is welcome to all events. We want to give back to the community. By raising money for the Stillwater YMCA, we hope that they will continue their incredible effort of providing services for the community and Payne County area.