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Bed races, cook-off to benefit children through Make-A-Wish

Nov. 5, 2010

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A team dressed as Christmas elves races down Fountain Mall in last year's Alpha Tau Omega Bed Races.

By Chris Day

Costumed teams will race through campus on hospital beds next week, followed by a chili cook-off, to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Alpha Tau Omega and Chi Omega will combine their annual bed races and chili cook-off on Nov. 12 at Fountain Mall. The event begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

This will be the third year the events have been combined into one evening.

"Student Activities suggested it, since they happen at around the same time and they pair up nicely," Little Rock, Ark., senior Bailey Eubanks said.

Eubanks is the president of Alpha Tau Omega and has helped with the bed races for three years.

Spring junior Neil Shah, Bed Races chair and Alpha Tau Omega secretary, worked in conjunction with Chi Omega, Student Activities and Student Government to produce this event.

"We're bringing the entertainment aspect and Chi Omega is bringing the food aspect," Shah said. "The events don't really have anything to do with each other. This is about raising awareness and money."

The event has always featured a musical act and this year, the goal was to make that portion of the event bigger. However, the major bands Shah originally booked, including Forever the Sickest Kids and The Secret Handshake will not be appearing.

"Student Activities just said that a lot of our events have a band, so let's think of other creative ways to get people out there," Eubanks said.

Eubanks said one benefit of not having the cost of a major band is that more of the funds raised will be able to go to Make-A-Wish.

The foundation will use the funds to send terminally ill children on their dream vacation.

"It's whatever the kid wishes really," Eubanks said. "Disney World seems to be a common one. One year a kid wished to be an astronaut, so they took him to NASA and he got to see the inside of a shuttle and stuff."

Instead of the large concert, Chi Omega has arranged for the Flying GT's, a country cover band featuring Fredericksburg junior Charlie Gasmire, Kappa Sigma president, and his father to play the event.

"Me, my dad and one of my good friends from high school named Jesse started on a dare to play a block party five years ago in Plano," Gasmire said. "Kind of a fluke, but we hit it off and have been playing all over Texas. We're playing just good cover music. Pat Green, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Beatles. Stuff everyone will know and can dance to."

The band will also play at the upcoming Chi Omega Christmas in Salado.

The bed races portion of Friday's event will start at 4 p.m. and will transition into the cook-off portion with an overlap period of "about an hour and a half or two hours," Eubanks said.

Eubanks said this is the year he has invested the most into the bed races.

"Now I'm playing more of a role. Making things go smoothly," Eubanks said. "My forte is marketing. All the who, what, where, when, why and how. I just help get that out there."

Teams can register for the bed races until 5 p.m. today on the campus programs website at

The top two winning teams will be awarded intramural points. The top three winning teams will receive a cash prize. An award will also be given for Best Costume.