CNN The Lead anchor Jake Tapper tweeted Tuesday morning that the Penn State Interfraternity Council’s tweet to raise a donation for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston was the third most retweeted tweet of 2017.
At time of publication Tuesday, the tweet had a total of 1,167,340 retweets.
3rd most Retweeted Tweet of 2017 https://t.co/Cmw2jVNgMp
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 5, 2017
With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need! pic.twitter.com/lodyOBE0eG
— Penn State IFC (@PennStateIFC) August 30, 2017
At $0.15 per retweet, this would’ve pledged the IFC to donate $175,101 to hurricane victims. However, the organization decided to cap its donation at $10,000. Members later presented a check for$11,901.65 to the American Red Cross.
The IFC also challenged the university to match its $10,000 donation, but Penn State declined via Twitter, saying, “We applaud your efforts. Unfortunately we can’t use tuition & taxpayer $s.”
“We are extremely proud of the support of our community to get behind this cause and help those in Houston that are in desperate need of support,” IFC Vice President for Communications Michael Cavallaro said via email the day after the original tweet was sent.
According to Tapper’s list, the IFC’s tweet falls third only behind a man who needs his nuggs and President Barack Obama.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
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