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Sorority to grill for the greater good

Courtesy of Carmen Smith Sigma Kappa will be holding their Sigma Sliders fundraiser for Alzheimer’s on Saturday. For five dollars, all guests will be able to enjoy a barbeque, a raffle, and music.

Sigma Kappa is serving up sliders for Seth Rogen’s new charity this Saturday for the sorority’s spring philanthropy event.

Sigma Sliders is a food fundraiser that benefits of Sigma Kappa’s philanthropies, said Molly Beaver, an elementary education sophomore and vice president of philanthropic service at Sigma Kappa.

This year marks the third annual Sigma Sliders, Beaver said, and the format has been changed slightly from previous years to encourage more people to come.

“Last year … we had quesadillas, hot chocolate and cheese dip with French fries,” Beaver said, “so it’s a little bit different, but the same sort of American barbecue food.”

This year, the food offerings are sliders, tater tots and root beer floats, Beaver said. The event will also feature a DJ, games and raffle prizes from companies like Vineyard Vines and ASOS for guests to win.

The theme of the event changed along with the food this year to reflect the new menu, said Shawna Weltsch, a pre-business sophomore and vice president of communications at Sigma Kappa.

“Last year, it was baseball-themed, but this year it’s all-American themed,” Weltsch said. “Our slogan for it is, ‘An all-American treat.’”

Beaver said that the sorority chose a food philanthropy event for its spring event in order to appeal to a wider audience than its fall philanthropy, which is a dodgeball tournament.

“The fall semester, we do the dodgeball tournament. … That typically reaches out to more of the male community, because that’s who ends up participating as a team for that event,” Beaver said. “This is an evening out that is bringing a bunch of people together, not just athletic males.”

Jordan Stancil, a marketing junior and president of Sigma Kappa, said that in previous years, the funds raised through Sigma Sliders would go to support research on Alzheimer’s disease.

“We usually donate all of our money to the Sigma Kappa Foundation,” Stancil said, “and from there they distribute the money to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Stancil said she hopes that this year the UA chapter of Sigma Kappa can be the top fundraising chapter for Sigma Kappa nationally.

The sorority is focusing this year’s efforts on raising money for a different charity that works toward the same cause, Weltsch said.

“This year, we’re donating all of our funds toward Hilarity for Charity, which is Seth Rogen’s nonprofit charity that is donating all of their funds to Alzheimer’s research,” Weltsch said. “Not only are we still donating toward Alzheimer’s research, but we’re able to put [our donation] toward the Seth Rogen charity, which would hopefully bring him to UA.”

Hilarity for Charity works to raise awareness about and money for researching Alzheimer’s disease, and it is holding a contest between university groups across the country with a prize going to the group that raises the most money, Beaver said.

“Whoever raises the most money from their events before April 11 gets to meet Seth Rogen,” Beaver said. “He’ll come down and do a meet-and-greet, and [whoever wins gets] to preview his new movie, ‘The Neighbors.’”

Beaver said that Sigma Kappa is already in third place nationally with the amount of money raised, not including the money that will be gained from the Sigma Sliders event.

Rogen recently spoke to the U.S. Senate about Alzheimer’s, talking about his personal experience with his mother-in-law having the disease and urging the Senate to place more importance on Alzheimer’s research.

Beaver said she thought it was important for people to see Rogen’s more serious side and to recognize the impact he’s encouraging students to make on the world.

“In his speech, he was saying how cool it is that college kids have the opportunity to do something other than video games and partying,” Beaver said. “[Rogen is] getting college students to get involved in something bigger than themselves.”

Weltsch said that she’s glad Rogen is showing celebrities how to use their public images for something other than self-promotion.

“I think that celebrities finally stepping in to put their fame and their publicity toward a greater cause is probably the best thing that they could use their fame for,” Weltsch said.

_If you go:
What: Sigma Sliders
Where: Sigma Kappa House
When: Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Cost: $5 for two sliders, tater tots and a root beer float_

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