Phi Sigma Sigma sorority held its annual Rock-a-thon Oct. 5 and 6, raising $431.50 for the National Kidney Foundation.
“It feels really good to raise money and to give it away for a good cause,” said Gabriela De La Cruz, philanthropy chair for Phi Sigma Sigma.
The Rock-a-thon was a 24-hour event from 2 p.m. on Tuesday until 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The girls stayed motivated by listening to the radio while making smores.
Three women from the sorority would rock on three rocking chairs as donations were given. They took turns rocking in shifts.
“The largest donation was about $25.00,” De La Cruz said.
Professors, students and staff made numerous donations, including University President Steve Morgan.
“I think the kidney foundation is a great cause, I’m pleased that the sorority decided to support such a worthy charitable function and the essence of values of the University of La Verne’s community is helping others,” Morgan said.
The Rock-a-thon is an event that Phi Sigma Sigma considers a part of the sorority’s tradition.
“The event brings the sisters together for a cause,” said Mireya Moreno, sociology major.
“We had a really good turnout,” she said.
Other than the Rock-a-thon, the sorority is planning a “Make a Difference Day” on Oct. 23 where they will visit kids at hospitals. The sorority also visits the LeRoy Haynes Center, a group home for abused and neglected children.
“It’s cool to put a smile on the kids faces, we like kids,” De La Cruz said.
Plans for the “Make a Difference Day” are not finalized as of yet.
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