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USD fraternity hosts Cure Kids Cancer benefit Thursday Night Live

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Pi Chapter at the University of South Dakota, is hosting its annual sketch comedy philanthropy event, “Thursday Night Live,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall.

Proceeds from “Thursday Night Live” will benefit Cure Kids Cancer, an organization dedicated to finding life-saving treatments for children’s cancer. Cure Kids Cancer locally supports the Sanford Children’s Hospital and works with television and radio stations, and corporate partners to raise funds and public awareness to help keep kids with cancer as close to home as possible.

Last year, Pi Kappa Alpha raised more than $2,000 thanks to generous donations from local businesses and community support. The organization’s goal this year is to double that amount.

“This is a cause very important to our brothers,” stated Brenan Tjelmeland, philanthropy chair, “and we could not be more excited to benefit Cure Kids Cancer.”

In addition to raising funds through ticket sales for “Thursday Night Live” (tickets are $5) and a T-shirt sale, Pi Kappa Alpha is hosting a toy drive to benefit the children of Sanford Health. Persons donating a new toy will be entered in a chance to win a prize at “Thursday Night Live.”

For more information about “Thursday Night Live,” please contact Tjelmeland at (402) 672-2117 or email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News