Wednesday, April 01, 2009

SigEp from Cal Sigma starts philanthropy

We got this email today, and were impressed enough to share it with our readers.
Dear Sanguine et Purpure,

My name is Mark Dalmacio, and I am a 20-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, California. I am currently a junior Screenwriting major here at Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN). And of course, I am a proud brother of the California Sigma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon here at Cal State University, Northridge.

I've chosen to e-mail you about a very special philanthropy that Cal Sigma and I have embarked on. I have many passions in life but the two I'd like to share with you are my passions for longboard skateboarding and philanthropy. I have always sought a way to combine the two, until I stumbled on two guys, Dave Cornthwaite and Adam Colton. Each of them have pioneered massive skateboard philanthropies, skating across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and even the US.

Dave Cornthwaite
Adam Colton

So what do I wanna do?

On April 4th, 2009, I, accompanied by a support crew of 3-5 with one lead car and one trail car, will longboard skateboard from South Lake Tahoe, CA to Northridge, CA, approximately 435 miles, in the name of one cause:
To raise money for Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis. All proceeds are going DIRECTLY to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

The cause is unknown, and, despite the development of promising new medications, the cure remains unknown as well. The donations will help fund critical research for improving treatment and finding a cure for Crohn's and Colitis, as well as support programs for those who live with these diseases every day. This philanthropy, entitled Kick, Push, Cure, hopes to raise $3,000 towards the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Why am I doing this? I chose Crohn's because one of my best friends here, Amala Kasturiraj, a fellow CSUN student and member of a CSUN sorority, suffers from Crohn's and it paralyzes her daily life. She's had to drop a semester of classes, she often spends days and nights in the hospital, and her diet is very, very limited. Another good friend, Kara Welch, president of her respective sorority, also has been diagnosed with Crohn's. This philanthropy isn't about me - it's about helping people like them.

So far, we've raised over $2,300 in donations within one week of promotion. We've received sponsorships and recognition from Sector 9 Longboards, Honey Skateboards, Safari Surf & Sport, KIIS FM, the Tahoe Daily Tribune, RockStar Fit, Mint Chocolate Chip and Vernon Shaw Photography.

Read our article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Thanks to FirstGiving, we've been set up with an amazing donation page. We also have a Facebook Fan Page and Twitter Page. The first page contains all info regarding donations and info on the journey itself. On the latter two, I have been posting daily updates thanking sponsors and benefactors.

I've e-mailed SigEp's unofficial blog hoping that it's readers would support and spread awareness towards our philanthropy and help get us that last push towards our goal of $3,000. For more info, head to

Mark Dalmacio
Sigma Phi Epsilon - California Sigma Chapter
Check out Mark's cause. If you can help him out I know he would appreciate it.
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