While black, red, and white are the dominant colors on campus, UNO’s Sigma Kappa sorority sports a different color for a great cause. Purple is not just a cute color to them, but it also serves as a marker for a series of their events hosted the last week of September, called Ultra Violet Week. They chose purple in order to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease. The Alzheimer’s Association also challenges teams to “Go Purple” and take the “Purple Plunge” to incorporate their official color to raise awareness.
This past weekend Sigma Kappa Sorority kicked off their 2015 Ultra Violet Week by volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Midtown Crossing.
Ultra Violet Week is a national campaign held by all Sigma Kappa chapters across the country. It is an entire week dedicated to fundraising events and fun activities on campus to collect money and raise awareness for their philanthropy, the Sigma Kappa Foundation. The Sigma Kappa Foundation funds money for other charities within the philanthropy like Inherit the Earth, Maine Seacoast Mission, and most predominately the Alzheimer’s Association.
This year’s Ultra Violet Week is being held Sunday,September 27th through Friday, October second. During the week Sigma Kappa will host a series of events throughout the week.
On Monday, September 28, they are hosting a flag football tournament from 7 p.m. through 10 p.m.. Teams that wish to join can pre-register here, or sign up when they arrive. The tournament will take place in the Pep bowl.
On Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1, Sigma Kappa will be selling caramel, sprinkle, and Oreo covered apples called “Sigma Kapples” in the Plaza. The apples are hand made by the women of Sigma Kappa teaming up for “Sigma Kapple making parties”. They will be available for sale 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., while supplies last. Caramel apples will be $2 each and sprinkle and Oreo covered ones will be $3 each.
To conclude Ultra Violet Week, on Friday, October 2, they will and put on a Spaghetti Feed/ Silent Auction at First Christian Church, across the street from UNO’s Dodge campus. The event starts at 5 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m.. Tickets can be pre-purchased from any member of Sigma Kappa or at the door. The Spaghetti Feed tickets will be $4 for children, $6 for adults, and $10 for all you can eat spaghetti, salad, and bread sticks.
All the events proceeds will be supporting Sigma Kappa’s philanthropy and funding Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
“Our Fall 2014 Ultra Violet Week raised over $5,000.” said said Sigma Kappa’s Vice President of Philanthropic Service,Bri Shelbourn.
Alzheimer’s Disease has impacted the friends and families of many of Sigma Kappa’s members and serves as an inspiration to them as this week kicks off.
“Alzheimer’s annually kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined,but Americans don’t see it as the deadly disease it is” said Bri Shelbourn ,”They only see the media’s portrayal of the disease, and Alzheimer’s is much more than just loosing memories.
According to www.Alz.org Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in America. It is also the only cause of death in the top 10 most deadly that cannot be prevented, cured , or slowed. Nationally the Sigma Kappa Foundation has been donating since 1874, and is currently the largest nonprofit contributor to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Seth Rogen, an Alzheimer’s Association advocate is credited as saying “”Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s, but it needs to be screamed to the point that people fear the disease.””, Ultra Violet Week is Sigma Kappas loudest scream of the year.” said Shelbourn, “We do not whisper the word Alzheimer’s because the people affected by it deserve so much more. They deserve to have people advocating for an end to a disease that steals every part of you. Our goal is to raise as much as possible during Ultra Violet Week 2015, we are really hoping for a great turnout this year.”