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Jake Tapper: Penn State IFC Houston Donation Tweet Third Most RT’d Of 2017

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.

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.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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