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Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and friends hold signs during an annual, "Sleep Out for the Homeless" event at Town Square Park Tuesday night. Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and friends hold signs during an annual, "Sleep Out for the Homeless" event at Town Square Park Tuesday night.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The members of one Hattiesburg fraternity are celebrating an imporant anniversary of their organization and taking a stand to support the homeless. Dozens of members and friends of the Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. spent much of Tuesday night at the Hub City's Town Square Park, participating in an annual event called, "Sleep Out for the Homeless."

Organizers say the goal was not only to focus attention on the plight of the homeless in our area, but also to mark the 100th birthday of their fraternity, which was founded in 1914.

Events included a special centennial celebration at midnight.

"We're just wanting people to know that being homeless is not just somebody walking across the street who doesn't have anything," said Anthony Henderson, a member of the fraternity. "It's actually a serious issue. We're trying to let people know that there are homeless people here in Hattiesburg and there is something you can do for them. You can take them to your local shelter here in the Hattiesburg community. You can take them to lunch, just do anything just to make your mark on the community," he said.

The event concluded at one a.m.

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