Sigma Pi Phi donates $1,000 to tornado relief fund


The Gamma Sigma Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity donated $1,000 to Saint Augustine’s University’s Restoration and Recovery Fund. The fund was created to help the school restore its campus in the wake of the April 16 tornado.

“We feel compelled to support our HBCUs, particularly the ones in our backyard because many of us have connections (with those schools),” said Dr. Leroy S. Darkes. “The devastation of the tornado was compelling. We had to do something.”

Darkes, the Boule’s grammateus, and Dr. George Wylie, the sire archon, came to campus to present the donation to President Dianne Boardley Suber.

“We certainly appreciate the contribution, but we equally appreciate the support and the opportunity to get you to campus and establish a long-term partnership,” Suber said.

About Saint Augustine’s University
Saint Augustine’s University, established in 1867, is a four-year historically black university in Raleigh, N.C. With an average annual enrollment of 1,500, the University offers 30 undergraduate degree programs in five academic divisions. Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Commission on Universitys of the Southern Association of Universitys and Schools.