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Firefighter's Challenge raises money for burn victims

April 18, 2013

Raising money and awareness for burn victims at the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit is the goal of the week-long philanthropy, Firefighter’s Challenge, sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Beta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity.

The annual philanthropy engages participating sororities in competition throughout the week, which began Monday, April 15. PIKE partners with the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD), the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and the Hennepin Health Foundation (HHF) to run the events.

U of M President Eric Kaler will kick off the final event, Field Day, which takes place Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at the Bierman Athletic Building, 516 15th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

Joining Kaler will be: Suzanne Begin, HHF president; Tom Pint, HCMC Burn Unit Director; Jane Lieberman, HHF Event and Social Media Manager; and members of the MFD.

During the week, sororities compete in a spirit day, a blood drive, a karaoke night sponsored by Toppers Pizza, and finally in a field day including a tug-o-war, relay and award ceremony. This year, the week was preceded by three percentage nights at Noodles & Co. in Stadium Village.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

PIKE intends to continue to partner with these organizations in the years to come to continually host its two major philanthropies - the Fire Truck Pull in the fall and the Firefighter's Challenge in the spring.

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