Sorority turns SLU ‘Ultra-Violet’

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Sigma Kappa dedicates week to philanthropy

SLU became “Ultra-Violet” this week, thanks to the Kappa Theta chapter of the Sigma Kappa sorority hosting its third annual Ultra-Violet Campaign.

“Our Ultra Violet campaign is Sigma Kappa’s chance to give back to others and to make a difference in our community,” President of Sigma Kappa Ashlee Walsh said.

The week, which is named after the sorority’s flower, allows Sigma Kappa members to focus on their passions, as well as other organizations they may support, Walsh said.

“For me, I am extremely passionate about Alzheimer’s and the effects it has on so many including members of my own family,” Walsh said. She added that the chance to raise money for a cure to Alzheimer’s as well as awareness of the disease is powerful.Sigma Kappa thinks the campaign will be enjoyable for students, said Public Relations Chair of Sigma Kappa, Michelle Woodson. It consists of four events, spread out from Wednesday to Friday.

“The campaign helps us raise money for our philanthropies and support Alzheimer’s research,” Woodson said, “Most of the girls in the sorority have been closely affected by Alzheimer’s so they are passionate about it.”

Last year, the campaign raised over $1000 for Alzheimer’s research and won an Order of Omega award for Greek Community Involvement, she said.

On Wednesday, sorority members sold Forget-Me-Not flowers provided by the Alzheimer’s Association and handed out lollipops to students who donated their loose change. There was also a profit share event that evening at Flying Cow Frozen Yogurt, during which a portion of what students paid for their meal went to the campaign.

On Thursday, in addition to continuing Forget-Me-Not sales and loose change collection, Sigma Kappa will hold a “Fraternity Feud” game show in the Tegeler Auditorium. Fraternities had until Monday to sign up to participate in the show, which is  a variation on “Family Feud,” and non-participating students can watch the event by donating an empty soda can to the event. The empty cans are forwarded to Inherit the Earth, another Sigma Kappa philanthropy.

Sigma Kappa will finish off the week by holding a “Ultra-Violet Sketti Dinner” on Friday evening. The dinner will take place in the DeMattias Hall Multipurpose Room and tickets will be available for purchase from Sigma Kappa members or at the door.

The food will be catered by Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant, she said.

“They can come and hangout and have a cheap delicious dinner,” Woodson said, “Who doesn’t love pasta?”

Proceeds from the campaign will benefit the Sigma Kappa Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropy meant to support the fraternity. The foundation supports research into combating Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of dementia. The foundation also supports sorority members of Sigma Kappa with scholarship opportunities, leadership and educational programs, and financial aid.