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Purdue Fraternity Kickstarts Fundraiser After Tragedy Strikes House Mother

Look! It’s a positive fraternity story!



Purdue University’s chapter of Zeta Beta Tau took matters into their own hands when tragedy struck their house mother, Vanessa Trail.

On Feb. 5, Trail was at home with her children and husband, Jason, when their house succumbed to a fire. While Trail and her children were able to escape the house with severe injuries, her husband did not survive.

Zeta Beta Tau members created an online fundraiser for Trail and her children. With a GoFundMe account and a social media campaign, the fraternity has managed to raise over $19,000 for their house mother in just two weeks.

Matt Mosomillo, the creator of the GoFundMe fundraiser, made it known that, after all Trail and her family had done for the fraternity, it was time for the chapter to return the favor.

“Both of these people always had a smile on their face while doing their jobs, and they were such a pleasure to have around our house,” Mosomillo said. “A conversation with either of them could brighten any brother’s day. For all that they have done for us, it is only right we try to give back to their family in any way we can in this time of need.”

The campaign has generated nearly 1,000 shares and is very close to their fundraising goals as of the writing.


Catilyn is a student at St. Bonaventure University in New York. She's a writer and Digital Producer for CMN.

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