Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosted an all-day charity event on Saturday to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Mortar Board, the Modern Language Department, Omicron Delta Kappa and National Society of Collegiate Scholars also helped out with the 5K run, zombie walk and concert.
“All of the money and canned goods raised will go straight to the Children’s Miracle network,” junior Danny Mason said.
At 8:30 a.m., the 5K run kicked off the all-day event with a bang. Money was raised through the entrance fee. At $15 per runner and $10 per group of five or more runners, SAE made a pretty fair amount of money to donate to CMN.
Later on that evening, the ghouls and ghosts came out of hiding. People began to gather and prepare for the zombie walk around 7 p.m. Participants were encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to CMN.
“The weather was somewhat chilly,” senior Matthew Moss said. “There were about 40 people dressed as zombies with artificial blood. People were really getting into it.”
Then the festivities began as the zombies began their walk through Hays. Stopping at restaurants and walking passed houses, the pack of zombies took the streets of Hays to give the community a good laugh and a possible scare. They walked on 11th Street, Main Street, 8th Street and ended up in the quad.
The all-day event wrapped up with a concert featuring a Kansas City band, Dojo for Crooks.
“It’s been great so far. I’ve been enjoying myself,” sophomore Matthias Carter said.
The band covered a few songs and even threw in a few of their own as both zombies and non-zombies joined in. People gathered in the quad out of curiosity and interest, and the sight of zombies attracted several probing eyes. Dojo for Crooks sold their merchandise for CMN and also encouraged donations.
The successful all-day event hosted by SAE created a fun-filled atmosphere among many during this creepy and ghoulish day.