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May 21, 2014

‘Derby days’ raises funds

COMMERCE — The Zeta Eta Chapter of Sigma Chi at Texas A&M University-Commerce has raised $2,269 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), funding life-saving cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). The chapter, which was installed on Nov. 23, 1963, held Derby Days 2014 from April 14-18, and used the Derby Challenge website to spread the word on campus and to spur on friendly competition through Derby Days.

“Derby Days is always an incredibly fun experiance and it wouldn’t have been the success it was without the participation of Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, and Gamma Phi Beta,” Social Chairman Jacob McMichael said.  “This event always reminds our chapter just how strong and supportive the Greek Community is at Texas A&M University-Commerce.”  

The chapter was motivated to raise funds for cancer research at HCI, which has a specialty in high-risk families and genomics, after visiting the research institute and hospital during a fraternity leadership conference.

“Sigma Chi has always been a leader in philanthropy,” Matthew Gifford, philanthropy chairman, said.  “Witnessing all the wonderful things the hardworking researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute are trying to accomplish made us realize we could do more.”

In 2005, at the Sigma Chi 150th celebration, an announcement was made making the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) the historical fraternity’s national charity of choice.  In April of last year, the One Millionth Dollar was raised by Sigma Chi Chapters.  To date, Sigma Chi chapters have raised $1.6 million.

“One hundred percent of funds raised by the Zeta Eta chapter will be donated to the new phase IV Primary Children’s and Families Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute,” Director of Development Lori Kun said. “This new addition will benefit children and families affected by cancer.  We are so grateful for the members of Sigma Chi at Texas A&M University-Commerce, who have shown they are leaders on campus through their philanthropic work.”

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