Purdue fraternity raises money for Frankfort house fire victims

A Purdue fraternity is raising money for their house mother lost her husband and her home in fire earlier this month.

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 3:54 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2018 4:07 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A Purdue fraternity is raising money for their house mother after she lost her husband and her home in a fire earlier this month.


On Feb 5, News 18 covered a fatal Frankfort house fire. Vanessa Trail and her children were severely injured and her husband Jason Trail died in the fire.

Vanessa is the house mother for the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Purdue. After hearing about the fire, the fraternity quickly set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the family.

As of Monday, they had raised a little over $19,000.

ZBT social director Chip Liskowitz said Vanessa is selfless, kind and like family to them.

"Whether it was eight in the morning or four in the afternoon, she'd be here helping everyone. She's a very good person, we want to give back to her," said Liskowitz.

Vanessa and Jason both had worked with various fraternities and sororities at Purdue and Liskowitz said they are loved by many in the Purdue Greek community.

"A lot of people know her and when a lot of people heard about what happened, they want to help out anyway they can," said Liskowitz.

Zeta Beta Tau is also working on planning a clothing drive and three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Trail family.

If you are interested in donating to the Trail family through the fraternity's fundraiser, click here.

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