Fraternity philanthropy celebrates 18 years

From April 10 until April 14 the men of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Sonoma State University hosted a philanthropy event lasting 104 hours, where participants teeter tottered to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

The 18th annual event gives back to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Brent “Woody” Bolin, a member who passed away in 2006 from the disease.

“Woody practiced Phi Delta Theta’s main principle, which is brotherhood. He left an impact on a lot of men in this chapter and still does to this day through all the stories that our alumni have to tell about him,” said Alec Pesavento, a sophomore and member of Phi Delta Theta.

Pesavento began planning the event in December 2016.

Last year alone they raised over $22,000 and this year’s goal wasn’t far behind. Everyone was invited to participate and help reach the goal of $15,000.

“Teeter totter is a unique philanthropy idea and I think that is partially why many love this event,” said Korin Holda, senior and member of Alpha Xi Delta. Holda has participated in the philanthropy event for the past four years. 

“No one chooses to have a disease alter their life. I have been lucky enough to not face challenges like such, therefore, it’s extremely important for me to give back and help in any way that I can,” said Brinkley Temple, third year and member of Gamma Phi Beta. 

In hopes of accepting more donations the chapter set up both a GoFundMe and a Venmo, accessible at and @PDTSSU.