At Alpha Sigma Phi, we believe that a fraternity is more than just a group of men. As a group of educated and socially responsible citizens, it is our obligation and duty to give back to the community that has provided us with so much. For this reason, Alpha Sigs are committed to improving our community through service projects and philanthropy events.
2017 has been a great year for Mu Chapter’s philanthropy. So far this year, we have collaborated with a plethora of sororities and are in the planning process for our own philanthropy week in the upcoming school year.
This year, we have supported sorority philanthropic events that have funded organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Treehouse Foundation for Foster Care, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, among many others. As Alpha Sigs, we cherish the times we participate in the women’s philanthropic events. In the last few months, we have competed in Alpha Gamma Delta’s Mr. Greek competition, Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Shootout, Delta Gamma’s Anchorman competition, Alpha Phi’s Alpha Phifa soccer tournament, and Pi Beta Phi’s Arrow Games.
Through our participation in Alpha Gamma Delta’s Mr. Greek Competition, our contestant, Ronak Ved ’17, competed against 17 other men as they vied for the title of Mr. Greek. He was able to show off his fantastic singing voice as he engaged in a talent contest at the Neptune on 45th Avenue. He also raised funds for the Treehouse Foundation through his GoFundMe, which added to the buy-in amount that we paid for the philanthropy. Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Shootout let us flaunt our basketball skills while also supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital program for Preventing Child Abuse. During this philanthropic event, we played in a basketball tournament and valiantly got ourselves to the semi-finals.
Delta Gamma’s Anchorman competition is a lengthy, multi-month philanthropic event that former Mu President Benjamin Nogawa ’15 participated in. Anchorman supports Delta Gamma’s philanthropy of Service for Sight, which aids children who are visually impaired. Throughout the duration of this philanthropy, which ended April 30, Ben raised money for the philanthropy on Member Planet.
In April, we competed in Alpha Phi’s Alpha Phifa competition, which benefited the UW Medical Center’s cardiology department. We honed our soccer skills while helping the women Alpha Phi raise funds for heart research.
Moreover, we have been buying into sorority feeds at a rate of about once a week and supporting sorority philanthropies. These feeds often involve the sororities buying bulk amounts of food and then distributing the food for a price. Through these feeds, we have been able to support Tri Delta’s philanthropic cause of St. Jude, Chi Omega’s cause of Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many other sorority philanthropies. This has been a tremendous way to contribute funds to sorority philanthropies.
At Alpha Sigma Phi, we are raising funds for the Strong Against Cancer Foundation, which seeks to end cancer through immunotherapy. Essentially, immunotherapy is a healthier alternative to chemotherapy. The process starts with a blood draw, reprogramming cells in the blood in a lab to get the cells to recognize cancer cells, and then reintroducing the cells to the child’s immune system. Mu Chapter’s philanthropy will be focusing solely on Strong Against Cancer for our philanthropy week in the coming school year.
Proceeding into the summer, Alpha Sigma Phi will strive to give back to the community as much as possible.
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Jack Deane ’18