Fraternity Surprises Veteran with Track Chair and Raises $26,000

Apr 23rd, 2016

Fraternity Surprises Veteran with Track Chair and Raises $26,000

Verardo is pictured with his family and his new Track Chair.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 23, 2016 – High Point University’s Kappa Alpha Order fraternity surprised a local veteran today when they revealed they’ve raised $16,000 to purchase a Track Chair for him. The students revealed the surprise to Michael Verardo tonight at the HPU campus along with representatives from the Independence Fund, a leading national veteran’s organization.

In total, the fraternity raised $26,000, with $16,000 going toward the track chair and $10,000 going to the Independence Fund to benefit other wounded veterans. After raising funds through individual donations, sponsorships, and a direct mailing campaign, the brothers of Kappa Alpha surprised Verardo with the life-changing chair at HPU’s Greek Conference Center today.

“This Track Chair is going to help me get back to doing the things that I want to do like hiking and fishing,” said Verardo. “I have two small children, so I will be able to play with them the backyard and it will help me as far as mobility. It really means a lot that the younger generation is coming out and helping veterans. It is really heartwarming to see that.”

HPU students Michael Esposito (left) and Alex Frees (right) present a $26,000 check to Tommy Rieman, executive director of the Independence Fund, at HPU’s Greek Village today.

“For us, it’s a matter of perspective. We are young men aged 18-22,” said Michael Esposito, president of the fraternity. “While we are in the library cramming for a midterm or spending time with our friends on a Saturday night, there are men and women around the world – the same age as us – serving this country. We want to do a humble service for a wounded veteran who has fought to keep us safe and free.”

“The Independence Fund is deeply grateful for the hard work and dedication that the Kappa Alpha Order at High Point University and Operation KARE have put in to help support our nation’s heroes,” said Tommy Rieman, executive director of the Independence Fund. “Thanks to their commitment and outreach, a distinguished combat veteran will be able to achieve a new measure of independence, mobility and quality of life. Kappa Alpha truly embodies the HPU spirit in giving back.”


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