The WIU Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity held their 22nd annual Smokin’ Hog philanthropic event on Saturday, October 18th. Smokin’ Hog is a hog roast that raises money for McDonough County’s Volunteers Interested in Benefitting Everyone (VIBE), a group that volunteers and donates money to local non-profit organizations.
Smokin’ Hog is the largest philanthropic event on Western’s campus. Every year, AGR raises thousands of dollars at this event. This year, they raised a total of $17,400. After covering the event expenses, they are able to donate $12,500 to VIBE.
AGR Philanthropy Chair Kyle Oller explained what VIBE will be doing with the proceeds this year. “VIBE chooses different places and causes within McDonough County each year to donate to; like this year, the money is going to (the) Macomb Agri-Science Association, (the) Macomb/McDonough 911 Emergency Equipment Upgrade, the Samaritan Well, and (the) McDonough County Habitat for Humanity,” Oller said.
Seven hogs were smoked at the event this year which served 450 people. Smokin’ Hog is a great family event. Not only is there a delicious meal, but there is also a bounce house for children, face painting, and a raffle.
“The meal would have to be my favorite part of the event because everyone’s family was there to support us. It not only brings us as a fraternity together, but it brings the community together because they come out and help us raise money to give back to the community,“ Oller said.
I think it’s great that AGR has chosen a local charitable organization to donate their money to. The hard work and amount of money that these men raise breaks the typical “frat boy” stereotype. These men are not “frat boys” they are “fraternity men,” who work hard to give back to the community. I’m very proud of all they accomplish. Their philanthropy event has continued to grow over the years and I only see it continuing to become bigger and better as the years go by.
I asked Oller what the fraternity means to him. “Brotherhood is the most important thing. You meet friends that you’re going to be friends with for the rest of your life,” Oller said.
Events like Smokin’ Hog would not be possible without the support of our WIU alumni and friends. “We would like to thank the alumni and community for coming out and supporting us,” Oller said.
To read more about the AGR fraternity at WIU, visit http://www.wiuagr.com//.