Sororities’ competitive spirits came together last week as Sigma Chi Fraternity fundraised for Derby Days.

Each year Sigma Chi has a week filled with different fundraising events to bring awareness for The Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“We are pumped, this week brings out the best, it bring out friendly rivalries it gets everyone hyped to support a bigger cause that is something bigger than yourself,” said third-year general biology student and fundraiser chairman of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Neel Katakia. “I think bringing awareness is the biggest thing we are trying to do with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, because everyone one way or another has been affected by cancer and the more people we can get.”

Fraternity and sorority members doing their best to raise funds. (Heather Ludegna | The Poly Post)

Sigma Chi Derby Days is a weeklong competition within each sorority.

Each sorority gains a Sigma Chi member, and throughout the whole week sororities fundraise and have competitions among each other to see which sorority raised the most money.  

Many different competitions are presented, such as each guy in the fraternity teams up with a sorority member who has to escort him at all times, and if another sorority girl sees that the guy is not being escorted by his team member they, then, have to donate $20 to the team that caught them.

Another awareness method is Sigma Chi brothers wear derby hats throughout the week to raise questions from others.

“And on top of our fundraising we go to different businesses to try to get as many donations we can, we have a couple companies including Microsoft, and other corporations match us so everything we make,” said Katakia.  

In 2017, Sigma Chi Fraternity donated roughly $32,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and has been partnering with the institute since the early 2000s.

“We send representatives each year to Ohio where the main base is, and they are the ones that go check out what they are doing and how they have progressed,” said third-year technology and operations management and public relations chairman of Sigma Chi, Christian Miller.

Sigma Chi involves themselves with this institute as being a part of their philanthropy.

Last week was known to be Sigma Chi’s philanthropy week in which they call, Derby Days.

“It’s really cool bringing the Greek community together to achieve a common goal, we end the week off by a banquet where people dress up nicely and bring families,” said third-year international business student and President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Max Gardiner. “We have amazing speakers come from the Huntsman Cancer Institute and speak on their behalf and a few cancer survivors.”

Sigma Chi fundraises throughout the year, and derby days is the week all the fundraising is put together and donated.

“We love it, the girls love it, and I think everyone gets hyped and it’s awesome to bring awareness for cancer research, I am so optimistic and excited to see our outcome this year,” said Gardiner.  

If anyone wants to participate in the fundraising for the Huntsman Cancer Institute more information is available on the Theta Sigma Chi at Cal Poly Pomona Facebook page.

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