The event’s proceeds were originally to go to Families Against Drunk Driving, an organization founded in Florida by a family affected by a drunken driving accident. But in recent weeks, the fraternity changed the benefactor to the Panhellenic Council’s safety and security fund, which, according to the event’s Facebook page, “will support an initiative to offer free, safe transport to UNC students on weekends.”
Case Aldridge, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and planner of the event, did not comment on why the benefactors changed.
Julia Mullendore, president of the UNC Panhellenic Council, said it is not clear what the money will go to specifically, besides the general safety fund.
“We have a wristband policy that is implemented at social events. The safety fund goes largely to benefit that program, but then the funds are to be used at the discretion for anything related to safety,” she said.
The wristband policy, as outlined in the standing rules of the UNC Panhellenic Council, allows for only certain people to go to Panhellenic social events and shows who is not 21.
The event comes just months after police say Chandler Kania, a former member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, drove drunk and hit a car head-on, killing three people. Kania has been charged with second-degree murder and driving while impaired, among other charges, according to police.