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Phi Sigs rock all night for a cure

Phi Sigma Sigma holds their annual Rock-A-Thon, where they raise money for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. The organization donates money to the U.S. Transplant Games, The Kidney Foundation, and scholarships for high achievement. The event includes 24 hours of rocking chairs, raffles, food, and pies. Jessica Gerard, senior political science major, got a pie to the face by Brianna Means, senior communications major in the Pie-A-Phi event. / photo by Jessica Harsen

Phi Sigma Sigma holds their annual Rock-A-Thon, where they raise money for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. The organization donates money to the U.S. Transplant Games, The Kidney Foundation, and scholarships for high achievement. The event includes 24 hours of rocking chairs, raffles, food, and pies. Jessica Gerard, senior political science major, got a pie to the face by Brianna Means, senior communications major in the Pie-A-Phi event. / photo by Jessica Harsen

Veronica Orozco
News Editor

Wednesday afternoon marked the start of Phi Sigma Sigma’s annual Rock-A-Thon in the University Mall.

Held every year since their chapter’s colonization in 1996, an estimated $1,100 was raised from the event.

The money goes to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, which benefits the National Kidney Foundation.

“This is my second time being a part of Rock-A-Thon,” Veronica Sepulveda, philanthropy co-chairwoman, said.

“It is my first time actually organizing the event and now I see how hard it really is being on the other side of things.”

The event consisted of a mix of events being hosted to entertain guests.

The entire time the women of the sorority were sitting on rocking chairs from noon on Wednesday until noon Thursday greeting passerbys.

Members alternated sitting in the chairs throughout the events duration.

“Each sister sits in the chair for at least half an hour, but it is usually more,” Alexis Chavarin, Co-Philanthropy Chair said.

“The event started off with six chairs but one broke so now we are down to five,” Chavarin said.

This was not the only setback the women had to push through in order to successfully put on the event.

Rock-a-thon was originally scheduled to be hosted at the Rock outside Founders Hall but because the rock area is now restricted due to the grass dying, the venue was forced to change last minute.

Another glitch, was that the power that was running their crock pots and their popcorn machine kept going out.

The organization rolled with the punches and adapted to any sudden changes that had to be made.

Throughout the 24 hour period, the sorority hosted an event called “Pie-a-Phi” twice to allow attendees to buy a pie and hit a member of Phi Sigma Sigma in the face.

Such intriguing and fun attractions made sure to keep a steady flow of people coming to and from the event.

All were welcome to join and there were even special times put aside so specific communities could come and show support.

“I wanted to come out and show support to my fellow Greeks,” Ashley Guererro, sophomore child development major and member of Alpha Omicron Pi, said. “It is also a really fun way to socialize and just have fun.”

Money was raised with the sale of nachos, popcorn, hotdogs and refreshments.

The smaller events that happened also contributed along with individual donations.

Donations came from local businesses and individual patrons.

Sponsors for the event included Jamba Juice, Red Hill Gas and Unikuely Yours.

There were also raffles held that gave away donated items such as gift cards to various stores and restaurants along with items from local Claremont businesses.

“We have been working on this since the beginning of August and have been looking for sponsors since September,” Sepulveda said.

Phi Sigma Sigma’s next big event will be a talent show set to take place in November.

They will be hosting it in partnership with the Latino Student Forum and encourage all to join.

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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