Loyola Sorority Honors Former Sister and National Philanthropy with College Band Competition
Loyola University Chicago’s Phi Sigma Sigma sorority rocked out during their “Rock-A-Thon” event on October 27th.
Held in the Centennial Forum Student Union, the event was hosted by two Phi Sigma Sigma collegiate chapters from Loyola University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Chicago. This was the first time the two chapters joined together to host the event.
The event featured a “battle of the bands” between college bands from both University of Illinois-Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. Bands included, “The Roaring 22s,” “The Mundelein,” “Collages,“ “SAE Band,” “The Addies,” and “The Sandy Pilgrims.” “The Addies” were determined the winners after receiving the most donations in a “donation war.” Each band had a designated bucket where attendees were able to give monetary donations in the name of the band that they wanted to win the battle.
All proceeds from Rock-A-Thon were donated to The National Kidney Foundation, Phi Sigma Sigma’s national philanthropy and Rush Medical Center, where a former Loyola University Chicago chapter member received treatment before passing away last December from a stroke. All proceeds gathered from online donations, ticket sales, and the money given to determine a “battle of the bands” winner were given to those causes.
A “Rock-A-Thon” event is created each year by all Phi Sigma Sigma chapters across the country. Loyola’s chapter transformed “Rock-A-Thon” last year into a “battle of the bands” event versus a marathon day where chapter sisters sit in rocking chairs collecting donations to simulate those who are being treated for kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation was chosen as their national philanthropy in the 1970s because it was a leading health concern for women during that time.
Loyola’s Phi Sigma Sigma chapter has taken on an additional philanthropy, stroke awareness, in honor of their sorority sister, and will continue to look for ways to advocate for stroke awareness beyond donating to Rush Medical Center.
“We raised over $4,000 for the National Kidney Foundation and Rush Medical Center. This amount is triple than what we’ve raised last year, and I couldn’t be happier,” exclaimed Natalie Lee, the Philanthropy Chair of Phi Sigma Sigma, after calculating the funds raised
After donating to these causes, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a raffle while enjoying the entertainment, food and beverages. Raffle prizes included gift cards to numerous local vendors, a football signed by a Chicago Bears player, a cell phone and a cordless keyboard.
The Phi Sigma Sigma women were excited about the special appearance of a celebrity guest at the event as well. Jamie Lono, who appeared on the second season of the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” performed numerous original and cover songs for the enthusiastic crowd.
“He had a voice of an angel, he was extremely talented and we were thrilled to have him at our event,” said Elizabeth DiMaggio, Phi Sigma Sigma’s Risk Manager.
Lee also had nothing but positive things to say about Lono, “Jamie Lono generously offered time out of his busy schedule to come play, and I was really happy that he was wiling to help us achieve our philanthropic aims.”
Phi Sigma Sigma hopes to continue expanding the event in the upcoming years. They are already thinking of ways to attract a crowd that is not completely comprised of Greek-Life.
“I thought the event was great, however, I really wish we could get more people outside of Greek-Life to attend as well, since we are benefitting such wonderful causes,” said Ardiana Asani, a 21 year old member of Phi Sigma Sigma.
Be sure to attend Phi Sigma Sigma’s next philanthropic event benefitting solely stroke awareness, which will be held in late January on Loyola University Chicago’s campus.
- written by smair on December 10th, 2012
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