As colleges around America have closed down their campuses, the routine and normalcy of life has changed for the Gettysburg community. Our undergraduate brothers continue their education via video conferencing with classmates and professors. Student athletes have had their seasons cut short. Springtime in Gettysburg, a memory so cherished by all those who have experienced it, will be on hold until at least 2021. The warm weather and late evenings that have coincided with Springtime on our campus bring many memories, but for my generation, this time is synonymous with Derby Days. Our tradition of a week-long fundraiser for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation is a time of competition and fellowship between Greek organizations across campus, and a week where Sigma Chi is the most prominent force for good and entertainment on a campus that is coming back to life after a long Winter.
Though the events, competition, and social activities that make up Derby Days will not occur this year in their usual fashion, our undergraduate chapter intends to stand in solidarity with the National Fraternity in an effort to honor our commitment to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. As the campus community is physically apart, we intend to see changes in the levels of involvement possible from the general campus community. However, we view this time as an opportunity. We recognize that many chapters of Sigma Chi may be treating this time as an extra vacation – but for our undergraduate brothers and alumni alike, we hope that this is a time to focus on our strengths, our connections, and our work. Last year, with a full campus, we raised $53,100. And we thank every one of you who helped us get there. Now, the battle continues!
We have been given the opportunity to take focus away from the events and the activities of Derby Days, and remember why we do this.100% of your donation will be going to fund cancer research through the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
Please consider donating to our chapter’s efforts to continue a tradition of excellence.