(Photo courtesy of Blake Billmaier)
(Photo courtesy of Blake Billmaier)

BY ASHLEY SWORD, Guest Writer

Last year, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
Phi Sigma Phi has worked to improve these numbers through their fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Phi Sigma Phi hosted their annual Pink Party fundraiser on Saturday, April 14 at Kickers All Star Grill in Canton.

The Pink Party was a night filled with supporters of Phi Sigma Phi and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. During the event, the organization sold raffle tickets, held a date auction, and contests where attendees participated to win prizes donated by Om Spa, Westborn Market, BD’s Mongolian Barbecue, and several other sponsors. Some of the prizes given away throughout the night included a mountain bike, Tigers baseball tickets, and restaurant gift cards. “They did a great job planning this event. Can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year,” said UM-Dearborn student Michael Blair.

The Pink Party was established two years ago by Luis Benavides, who was then the philanthropy chair for the chapter. “Its purpose is to gather students, friends, teachers, and parents together to have a night of fun, philanthropy, and awareness,” said Benavides. He continued by saying that many overlook fundraising for Breast Cancer until its awareness month begins in the fall when events such as Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure is held. The chapter decided that it was an important foundation and needed to have more attention directed towards it year-round on campus.

Throughout the last few weeks, Phi Sigma Phi has been promoting their event on campus by passing out fliers, hosting bake sales, and promoting it on the UC stage. During their promotions they sold tickets, t-shirts, and hats they created for their event.

“We decided to sell apparel so that others are aware of our event and are able to spread awareness about breast cancer,” said Benavides. Over the last two years Phi Sigma Phi has raised over $4,000 and set a goal at $5,000 for this year’s event. Overall it was a very successful event and Phi Sigma Phi helped raise more money than last year through higher ticket and apparel sales.

All proceeds the organization has raised through their event benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The donations raised make a difference nationwide and are given to help support programs that are dedicated to cancer patients and their families. These programs focus on areas including screening and diagnosis, support services, scientific research, and access to treatment.

The amount Phi Sigma Phi raised will help assist in all of these aspects with the hopes of raising the amount of breast cancer survivors with the donations.

Phi Sigma Phi continues to donate year-round towards the foundation and hope that others have become aware through their events and work towards raising money too. If you were unable to attend the Pink Party but are interested in donating, Phi Sigma Phi accepts donations continuously to assist those affected by breast cancer.