Thursday, December 04, 2008

Lehigh Sig Eps Raise $$$$$ for Cancer

Groups compete to fight cancer
By Allison Rolish

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's annual Election for Cancer Research Campaign came to a close Monday, surpassing last year's fundraising total of $17,000 and reaching out to different areas of the community for participation, organizers said.

Approximately $13,000 has been collected so far this year, said Greg Shirk, '09, chairman of the Election for Cancer Research Campaign Committee.

The campaign included 23 candidates from various organizations, including Greek houses, the Class of 2010, the Class of 2011, University Productions, the Athletic Department, ASA, the Gryphon Society, Global Citizenship, Wind Ensemble and University Choir, who competed to raise the most money.

"My grandfather, mother and brother all have had multiple bouts with different cancers, and my brother is a three-time survivor, so I jumped at the opportunity to help out," said Andrew Horgan, the Class of 2010's candidate.

Kyle Schreiner, '11, a member of Sig Ep, was in charge of the candidates and worked on the ballots and coordinating the voting booths."We hope to have nearly $20,000 when all the checks have been collected this Friday," Shirk said.

This is the 19th year of the Election for Cancer Research Campaign. Over the last 18 years, the campaign has raised over $500,000 to support cancer research. This year the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Shirk said the three candidates to raise the most money will win a monetary prize. As of press time, top candidates were Ashley Pritchard of the Athletics Department, Andrew Friedman of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and Emily Hoffman of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

The total amount of money raised during the campaign and the winner of the election will be announced at the closing ceremonies on Monday.