Sigma Chi makes BIG donation

Sep 19, 2005

Sigma Chi fraternity at Kettering put a lot of energy into their annual fundraiser, Derby Days, to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, and their hard work paid big dividends.

Making what is the largest donation in their history of community service, the Zeta Theta Chapter of Sigma Chi at Kettering presented Hurley Medical Center/Children's Miracle Network a check for $15,558.05. Hurley received the check as an affiliate hospital of the Children's Miracle Network.

Karen Kowalko, Children's Miracle Network director for Hurley, was present to accept the donation and thank Sigma Chi. "You do so much good for children you've never met," she praised the group. Kowalko said the support of groups like Sigma Chi enables Hurley to provide neo-natal care for preemies in the area, offer a pediatric emergency room and support a hospitality room that allows parents to stay on site with critically ill children.

Also on hand were Angie Plunkey and her son Tommy, who was diagnosed with Leukemia January 23, 2004. Tommy is currently in remission but continues to receive preventative chemotherapy as part of a clinical study of pediatric cancer. "Thank you," Angie Plunkey told the fraternity brothers in attendance, "it means a lot that you are out there raising funds to help Children's Miracle Network help kids." Tommy took time out from celebrating his sixth birthday to share his experiences in Children's Miracle Network with Sigma Chi.

The fraternity raised the money during Derby Days, an annual week-long philanthropic event that raises funds, gives support to, and promotes awareness of Hurley Medical Center and the Children's Miracle Network.

The Children's Miracle Network is a network of 170 hospitals across the nation providing treatment and state of the art care to every child in need, regardless of their ability to pay. The Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat children who have sickle cell anemia, cancer, pediatric AIDS, muscular dystrophy, asthma, diabetes, accidents and other medical conditions.

This year, Derby Days was the week of Aug. 22 to 26. The Sigma Chi Zeta Theta chapter's goal this year was to raise more money and provide more service to the Children's Miracle Network than in all of the past years combined. In order to accomplish their goal, numerous fundraising events occurred on the Kettering campus.

The main fundraising effort was a raffle with the grand prize of a week vacation to Orlando, Florida that includes airfare for four, a car rental for the week, and accommodation at Calypso Cay Vacation Villas. The second place prize was an X-box gaming system and the third place prize was a $50 Visa cash card. Student Nathan Dickemann's parents won the first prize trip to Florida. Student Benjamin Melitz, of Flushing, Mich., won the second prize X-box and Student Michelle Ross, of Uniontown, Ohio, won the third prize $50 VISA cash card.

In addition to the raffle, smaller fundraising events occurred during the week including: "Pie-a-Sig" where students, faculty, and staff donated a $1 to throw a pie at a Sigma Chi brother or donate $5 to push a pie directly in their face; a tricycle race for a $1 donation to race through a course in an attempt to get the best time; a tug-of-war contest between the two sororities on campus; a Derby Toss for a $1 donation to throw a derby at a target; and a paper chain making competition in the Greek community co-sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

Written by Dawn Hibbard