Sigma Nu Fraternity held their sixth annual philanthropy event on Saturday, Nov. 18 at a ranch in Redlands.
The fraternity raised money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. There was a week of events consisting of a softball tournament, Pie a Nu, a pageant for the nominees, and ended with the banquet announcing their Toy Princess 2017.
There were five nominees: Georgia Santiago from Alpha Phi, Brittany Benevidas from Zeta Tau Alpha, Atalee Miranda from Kappa Delta, Daisy Saucedo from LTA, and Delania Smith from Kappa Delta Chi.
The nominees are a fun way to help get the entire community involved and with the help of each nominee and their organization, it provides Sigma Nu with more opportunities to raise funds for St. Jude’s.
Each nominee is running to be presented with the title of Toy Princess. This is determined throughout each of the events in the week, social media challenges, and amount of money raised. The points for each event are accumulated and the winner is announced at the Sigma Nu banquet.
The attendees of the banquet bring toys for donations to Reach Out, an organization that focused on the youth in the area.
Fourth year CSUSB student, Connor Oliva, is the brother of Sigma Nu in charge of coordinating the events along with a committee.
On average, the fraternity has raised seven thousand dollars in previous years. Their goal this year is to raise up to ten thousand.
With the help of their alumni and chapter funds, they are able to put together these events to help give back to the foundation.
Although the event is once a year, it takes months of preparation. Throughout the planning, they had struggles with last minute details.
“St. Jude’s has always been an organization that I have admired, so it would mean a lot to me to help give back. They do amazing work, so we would just love to do our part in helping the community,” said Connor.
The kickoff of the week was the softball game on Nov. 12 on campus. The nominees put together their teams within their sorority to participate in the games. A five dollar fee was charged to attend this event, which also contributed to the money that was raised.
Zeta Tau Alpha came in first place and Alpha Phi came in second for the softball tournament. Everyone was hyped for the start of philanthropy week.
As the week progressed, the Sigma Nu’s were tabling to spread awareness and raise money through the different boxes from each nominee. These boxes were filled with donations from students on campus.
Throughout this week, there was also a social media challenge where the nominees and general public could take a photo with some of the Sigma Nu brothers at their table and post a fact about St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. This was a way to spread awareness of the cause. The hash tags allowed them to keep track of the amount of people posting.
Nov. 6, the Pfau Library lawn was filled with many people eager to come to the Pageant night. Admission price was two dollars and people were able to sign in under a certain organization to help them accumulate points in their running for Toy Princess 2017.
Each of the nominees had various activities to participate in, such as dancing, a pie eating contest, egg-toss race, hula hoop race, and a challenge on who could answer the most St. Jude’s trivia questions.
The crowd’s excitement grew as each activity went on through cheering and dancing with the live DJ’s music.
Kappa Delta sorority won first place in the pageant and Alpha Phi took second place.
The banquet had a huge turn out. Dinner was provided for the attendees. It was a chance for them to mingle with their guests in celebration for their hard work throughout the week.
Sigma Nu Fraternity was able to raise fourteen thousands dollars for St. Jude’s, exceeding their goal.
The winner of the title Toy Princess 2017, who was able to raise the most money for St. Jude’s was Georgia Santiago, representing Alpha Phi.
The Sigma Nu brothers gathered around Georgia and serenaded her to show their appreciation for all her hard work.
“Winning TP was very rewarding because I gave it my all but what really counts is how much money I raised for patients of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Knowing that all my hard work paid off and potentially saved a life is the real prize.” said Georgia, Toy Princess 2017.