The Austin College chapter of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity will host the 11th annual “Great ’Roo Boo” for area children Sunday, October 31, from 6-8 p.m. in Sid Richardson Center of the Robert T. Mason Athletic-Recreation Complex, near the west end of campus off Brockett Street. Children age 12 and younger are invited to attend the free event when accompanied by an adult family member. Austin College Police will patrol the event.
The event, established as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, will include booths hosted by more than 30 Austin College student organizations. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and join in the fun, said 2010 coordinator Swathi Anantha, a senior from Plano, Texas. More than 1,300 children and parents attended last year’s event.
A number of local businesses make donations of candy, prizes, and other support for the Austin College event. Donors this year include Albertson’s, American Bank, Applebees, Bob Utter Ford, Braums, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cellarman’s American Pub, Chase Bank, Cheddars Casual Cafe, Chick-Fil-A, Chili’s Restaurant, Christ Church of New Orleans, Chuck-e-Cheese, City Limits, Cold Stone Creamery, CVS, Dairy Queen, El Chico, Hoyte-Dodge Chrysler Jeep, IHOP, Little Italy Ristorante, Michael’s Family Restaurant, Olive Garden, Panda Express, Taco Cabana, Texoma National Bank, TJ Max, Taco Bueno, Track’s Restaurant, and Tuesday Morning.
The Austin College chapter of Alpha Phi Omega was founded in 1970. The national co-educational service fraternity is dedicated to serving schools, communities, and the nation through fellowship, leadership development, and service to humanity. The Austin College chapter also completes many service projects in the community.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.