The Tau Chapter at the University of Texas hosted its 2nd annual benefit concert, Horns for Heroes, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, for the SEAL Legacy Foundation. The event was held at RIO Rooftop and featured country artist Pat Green who played for a crowd of nearly 600. The chapter raised $40,000 from the event and Pat Green donated an additional $200,000 to the Foundation right on the spot before his closing song.
All proceeds of the benefit concert were donated to the Navy SEAL Legacy Foundation. Managing Director of the foundation, Mark McGinnis, worked closely with the chapter’s Philanthropy Chair, Alex J. Amato (’11), to make the evening possible. Commander McGinnis was proud of the hard work put into the event, and went on to say that Kappa Sigma had indeed given to A Greater Cause and that, “children of fallen veterans will be able to go through school and be able to have normal lives because of the hard work and generosity of these fine young men.”
The amount of work put into the event was very time consuming, but well worth it.
“We were thrilled to be able to double our gift in just one year and provide the equivalent scholarships for children of these fallen veterans,” said Brother Amato. The chapter raised $20,000 at its first annual event in 2013, and was able to double that in just one year. Brother Amato, along with chapter Grand Master Matt H. Stubbs (’11), put a small team together over the summer and spent months working alongside both Pat Green and Commander McGinnis to make the necessary decisions and plans needed to create such a great night.
VIPs in attendance included Commander McGinnis and some of his Navy SEAL brothers and their families, Tau alumnus and generous supporter and donor Brother F. Hagen McMahon, Jr. (’66) and Worthy Grand Master of Ceremonies Toby H. Taylor (Epsilon-Psi, Lambuth University, ’95). Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Rodeo Austin, Crown and Anchor Pub, Guero’s Taco Bar and Rick Warren’s Austin Wildlife Gallery sponsored the event. Along with contributions from these generous sponsors, the chapter raised money from donations made by chapter alumni and parents, and by selling individual tickets and t-shirts led the chapter to reaching it’s $40,000 goal.
“I am extremely pleased with how the night turned out. The fact that we get to put these kids through school just by one event that we hosted is surreal,”said GM Stubbs. I am so proud of Brother Amato and the rest of our team for making this possible and we are so honored to be part of A Greater Cause.”
 About the Tau Chapter
The Tau Chapter was founded on September 18, 1884, at the University of Texas at Austin. The chapter has initiated more than 2,800 Brothers since its founding, and currently has 233 undergraduates on its roster.  Keep up with the Tau Chapter view their website,