The emerging chapter at the University of Michigan is wasting no time in making an impact on campus.

The True Gentlemen, who were reestablished this fall semester, helped raise a record-breaking $73,500 in the 87th Annual MudBowl, a football game outside their chapter house Saturday afternoon. The event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic for only the second time in its nine-decade history.

Phi Gamma Delta’s chapter and the chapter at Michigan faced off in a muddy battle right before nationally ranked Michigan hosted Northwestern at Michigan Stadium. Fiji earned bragging rights, defeating SAE 18-6, but everyone won thanks to the service from the Greek Community.

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The event supports the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund at the University of Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Of the $73,500, the brothers raised $17,566, more than any fraternity participating.

“The event in years past has only raised around $30,000. It brought the SAE chapter together in general, our new members but also our old members. It was a great event and a signature event the Michigan community missed,” Eminent Archon Gunnar Geiger said.

While the chapter was off-campus, other Greek organizations conducted the event while SAE was off-campus. While it still was a staple in the Michigan community, it never had the “genuine traditional feel” since SAE originally started the event in the 1930s.

“This year, you saw with the amount money we raised, the general feeling with the rest of the community shows how SAE has an integral part of Michigan’s campus,” Geiger said. “Being an emerging chapter and coming back to campus was a motivator for not only our chapter but SAE’s across the Realm.”

Congratulations to the men at Michigan on a successful event.

Make sure to check out more professional photos from the event here. For more information about the Mudbowl, visit michiganmudbowl.org.

If your chapter is doing a service or philanthropy event and you want us to know about it, fill out the form or email us at communications@sae.net.

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