Phi Sigma Sigma sophomores Claudia Gonzalez and Ashley Vitela participated in the 24-hour Rock-a-thon, hosted by the University of La Verne sorority Tuesday. The sorority hosts the event every year to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. This year the Rock-a-thon raised more than $4,000, which is $2,000 more than what the event raised last year.
Rock-a-Thon, an annual 24 hour event, was hosted by Phi Sigma Sigma sorority from noon on Tuesday to noon on Wednesday at the Rock.
Phi Sigma Sigma chapters across the country hold the event every year.
The purpose of the event was to raise money for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation and most important, the National Kidney Foundation.
All 64 Phi Sigma Sigma sisters had to raise at least $60 and try to get sponsors either from family, teachers or strangers. Last year’s event raised over $2,000.
However, this year’s Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has more members and they are hoping to raise more money.
“I always donate to their (Phi Sigma Sigma) foundation because being part Greek, I think it is important to support fellow Greeks and what ever philanthropy they choose to do,” said senior and fellow Greek Andy Monroy.
Kidney disease is an important women’s health issue and that is why Phi Sigma Sigma chose to support the foundation as their primary philanthropic endeavor.
The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has been working with the National Kidney Foundation since 1971 and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cause. The donations go toward and promoting basic and clinical research, education, recruitment for its organ donor program, assistance for kidney transplants, patient and family support groups, and public education about kidney disease. The Foundation funding also makes it possible to produce educational literature and media presentation, support summer camps for children affected with kidney disease, and toll free hotlines for people looking for more information on kidney-related illnesses.
Three rocking chairs were set out for the sisters to rock in for their designated time. The rocking chairs were a way to get people to donate.
By rocking in the chairs the sisters were hoping to entice people to give money because the sisters were giving their time; and wanted others to give whatever they could as well.
Because the event was 24 hours, the sisters camped out over night to continue their support for the National Kidney Foundation.
During the night the Phi Delts had a rock painting, providing the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma some company late at night.
“We like to get the campus involved,” Membership Recruitment Chair Gabby Delacruz said. “We wanted to get people to donate what ever they had, even change. Once people saw what we were doing, they were more willing to donate money.”
President Stephen Morgan made the first donation; and a ULV alumnus made the biggest contribution of $100. No matter ?what size the donation was, big or small, it was well appreciated.
The sisters were very enthusiastic whenever a donation was made.
The fun atmosphere attracted lots of people and made it easy for people to walk up and give their money.
“I have donated for the past three years,” Monroy said. “It is a good cause and I like to support the women of Phi Sigma Sigma.”
Overall the Rock-a-Thon raised $4,000, exceeding their goal. Because the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma donated their time and effort to help raise money for the National Kidney Foundation, thousands of people and their families will benefit from their generous act.
“Thank you to everyone that donated to Phi Sigma Sigma and the National Kidney Foundation,” Phi Sigma Sigma President Felirose Tamparong said.
For more information on kidney disease please visit www.kidney.org.
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