BINGHAMTON, NY – The Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPI) fraternity of Binghamton University will hold its second annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Israel Children’s Cancer Foundation from 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 4 through 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in front of the Bartle Library Tower Fountain, on campus.


"Rock-A-Thon" is a nationally recognized event that is held by many AEPI chapters to raise funds for chosen charities. The event will feature Jordan Rose, a brother of AEPI and cancer survivor, who will sit in a rocking chair for 48 hours straight. "For me, my goal is not to grieve, but to inform," said Rose. "While I sit in the chair I can spread awareness and help fight to cure this horrible disease. Donating to cancer charities is close to my heart because it impacted me and also many of my friends and their families."


Jamie Lynn Macchia, 2015 Miss New York pageant winner, will make a special guest appearance at the opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. April 4. She will read to a group of pre-schoolers from 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5.


"I am proud to support Alpha Epsilon Pi's Rock-A-Thon as they encourage a community to come together and raise money to put an end to this devastating disease," said Macchia.

Following Macchia’s reading, there will be a petting zoo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

On April 6, the brothers of TAU will shave heads from 2-5 p.m. (time subject to change). A closing ceremony will then take place from 5:30-6 p.m.

"As a brotherhood, we set out to raise $15,000 because many of us have been touched by cancer. Through raising money, we’ve had the opportunity to meet people in the Binghamton community who have been scarred by cancer, and nothing is more meaningful than that," said Aaron Jiji, a senior at Binghamton University.

For more information, e-mail RockAThonBing2016@gmail.com, or visit Alpha Epsilon Pi on Facebook. To make a donation visit youcaring.com/AEPi-rock-a-thon.