Sigma Chi and Sigma Delta Tau hosted a Halloween Costume 5K Road Race in order to support both Prevent Child Abuse America and the ALS Association on Sunday. Students ran around campus, dressed as anything from puppies to pumpkins.
When asked why the idea of a costume 5K was chosen, Scholarship Chair of SDT Elora Weil ’16 stated, “I thought that a 5K would be a great way to attract a lot of people and a fun way to raise money for two amazing philanthropies.”
As a member of the executive board of Sigma Delta Tau, Weil took initiative and primarily organized the 5K herself.
Organizers of the 5K Road Race split the funds 50/50 between PCAA and the ALS Association.
Weil stated that the turnout for the run was much better than expected. There were about 40 runners, and together the two Greek organizations raised over $450, which will be split evenly between the two charities.
Weil said, “The run was really fun! Waking up and running three miles for a good cause was a great start to all of our Sunday mornings.”
Sam Broda ’16, of Sigma Chi, and Danielle Katz ’17, of Sigma Delta Tau, came in first for men and women, respectively. Broda finished the 3.1 mile route in approximately 19 minutes, and Katz finished the route in about 21 minutes and 30 seconds.
The Halloween Costume 5K Road Race was the kickoff for Sigma Chi’s 2015 week of Derby Days.
The Derby Days Challenge is a “competition between Sigma Chi chapters, the women’s fraternities and sororities on each campus” which aims to raise as much money for a chosen philanthropy as possible, according to the challenge’s website.
President of Sigma Chi Will Gibbs ’17 gave his thoughts on the race, stating that the 5K was a “spectacular way to start off Derby Days this year.”
He stated that the events are unique and fun every year, and that Sigma Chi highly encourages everyone, no matter the class year, to come out each night and support a “terrific cause.”
Gibbs stated that this year’s Derby Days is “near and dear to (Sigma Chi’s) hearts, as one of our senior brothers’ fathers has been diagnosed with ALS, and we will be raising money for research.”
Derby Days events this week included, and will include, an ALS speaker, an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a talent show, “Sell-a-Sig,” powderpuff football and a costume contest.
According to the ALS Association’s website, ALS is a “progressive neurodegenerative disease.”
The ALS Association is “leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.”
Sigma Delta Tau’s philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America, states that it is the “national champion of great childhoods for all children.”
PCAA works to “promote the healthy development of children and prevent child abuse before it can occur in order to help children to grow up and contribute in their communities.”
Their website states that they help nearly 100,000 families a year. PCAA is one of SDT’s national philanthropies.
Throughout the year, the Beta Xi chapter of SDT organizes various events that support PCAA, including hosting a gala and bringing Ciao Bella boutique to campus.