The Sigma Chi chapter at the University of Arizona held its annual Derby Days philanthropic event last spring and raised $21,000 for The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center.
“This was our third year of organizing Derby Days, and our most successful event to date,” said Camron Vizcaino, Sigma Chi member who helped organize the event.
This year’s Derby Days set record participation with more than 400 participants at its “Field Day” event—determined to be the largest student-philanthropic event in recent UA history. The events included bull riding, wall climbing, a 51-foot obstacle course, jousting and paint wars.
In addition to “Field Day,” Sigma Chi organized a dinner auction at which sorority women bid on gift cards donated from local restaurants, and a volleyball tournament that saw record attendance, at which each active member of Sigma Chi made a donation to Derby Days.
“Sigma Chi put forth an incredible effort, led by Camron Vizcaino and his team,” said Lori Throne, RN, MSN, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at The University of Arizona Medical Center. “We are so grateful for this gift to Diamond Children’s and the Steele Center.”
“Thanks to the incredible participation and enthusiasm of the UA sorority women, as well as the generous donations that were given to us, this year’s Derby Days has truly helped Sigma Chi set a new level for fundraising,” said Camron Vizcaino. “We will continue to build upon our successes and fully expect to contribute even more in 2013.”