Sigma Kappa Sorority raises funds for Alzheimer’s Research

By Swapna Vettiyil

Sigma Kappa hosted their annual philanthropy Ultra Violet Week to raise money and awareness for their philanthropies.

President of Sigma Kappa Lauren Prell described the importance of the week for both the organization and for Cal Poly Pomona.

“Having the different organizations come together for a cause that is relevant to so many people and seeing so much love and support highlighted throughout the week is inspiring,” said Prell.

“The most rewarding part of participating in Sigma Kappa’s Ultra Violet Week was changing the Greek life stereotypes.”

Sigma Kappa’s five philanthropies include the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology with an emphasis in Alzheimer’s disease research, Maine Seacoast Mission and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Sigma Kappa Foundation promotes service and leadership through scholarship, while Inherit the Earth helps protect the earth and save the environment.

Gerontology is the study of aging, which relates to the research of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Maine Seacoast Mission donates supplies to a town off the coast of Maine where the people cannot get to supplies themselves.

Lastly, they work to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association to promote the importance of ending Alzheimer’s.

The sorority set up tables on campus all week to help promote awareness about the Alzheimer’s Association.

Throughout the year, Sigma Kappa regularly volunteers with patients at the West Covina Senior Center and participates in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s every fall.

This event also hit home for many, including Alycia Morgan, a fourth year entertainment-marketing student.

Since she has a personal family connection to the Alzheimer’s Association, she is glad to raise awareness for something that is so close to her heart.

“Knowing that we are making a difference in people’s lives, whether we know them or not, is the most rewarding part.”

Sigma Kappa held multiple events including a Chipotle dinner fundraiser and their Maine event.

The Maine event was a pageant and fundraiser where they accepted toiletry donations to deliver to the Maine Seacoast Mission.

During the pageant and fundraiser, Greek organizations all got involved to show their support for Ultra Violet Week.

“My favorite was the Sigma Kappa pageant,” said Paulina Darret a fourth year political science student.

As a coach for one of the fraternities, she enjoyed seeing her team, Pi Kappa Phi, come out to support.

Sigma Kappa will also be making sunshine cards to send to senior citizens at the West Covina Senior Center to hang up in their memory wards.

As Ultra Violet Week ends, it is just one event that Sigma Kappa participates in throughout the school year.

“During winter quarter, we attend the annual Up Till Dawn event that supports the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We also visit senior citizen homes for Valentine’s Day and host different philanthropy events that circulate our Inherit the Earth Philanthropy. In the spring, we do a lot of beach clean-ups at the Huntington State Beach since we’ve adopted it as our focus beach,” Prell said.

Sigma Kappa members Larissa Enriquez and Ariel Forbes speak to Paul Napolitano about the Ultra Violet week

Ana Perez / The Poly Post

Sigma Kappa members Larissa Enriquez and Ariel Forbes speak to Paul Napolitano about the Ultra Violet week

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