During the whole month of November, it is Alzheimer’s awareness month and Sigma Kappa, one of the sororities on campus, is bringing awareness to it by holding a few events this month.
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, it is estimated that about 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s. Also about half a million Americans whom are younger than 65 years old develop some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s which is referred to as early onset.
Back in 1954, Sigma Kappa became the first sorority to recognize that Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic and needs continued comprehensive work and realization of the needs of the elderly population. In realizing this, Sigma Kappa added emphasis to Alzheimer’s disease to their gerontology program. The Sigma Kappa Foundation has raised more than $1 million in research and psychosocial grants to practitioners who have been working hard to fight this disease.
Some of Sigma Kappa’s philanthropic projects include Inherit the Earth, which is a national service project that provides collegians, alumnae and citizens the opportunity to work together to improve their local environments. Maine Sea Coast Mission which was the first national philanthropy to provide the mission with funds to support their Christmas program, emergency relief program and scholarships.
Holly Symoksky, a senior studying psychology and the Vice President of Membership and PR Chairman for Sigma Kappa, said “The Ultra Violet Campaign is a fund raising event that provides Sigma Kappa’s chapters with opportunities to raise funds and awareness for Sigma Kappa’s philanthropic priorities.”
Sigma Kappa’s Ultra Violet event is Turkey Bingo, on Wednesday Nov. 18 at 7 P.M. in Rogers Gym. Admission will be $3 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Sigma Kappa foundation to help with Alzheimer’s Disease research. For more information please contact Courtney Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org.