Sorority event raises funds for kidney disease

Junior biology major Brooke Sorbel and sophomore Spanish and education major Evelyn Saldivar rock with their Phi Sigma Sigma sorority sisters during their 24-hour Rock-a-Thon event May 4. The event was held between Miller Hall and Founders Hall. The sorority uses rocking chairs in solidarity with kidney patients who have to sit in rocking chairs for long periods of time as part of their dialysis treatment. / photo by Armida Carranza
Junior biology major Brooke Sorbel and sophomore Spanish and education major Evelyn Saldivar rock with their Phi Sigma Sigma sorority sisters during their 24-hour Rock-a-Thon event May 4. The event was held between Miller Hall and Founders Hall. The sorority uses rocking chairs in solidarity with kidney patients who have to sit in rocking chairs for long periods of time as part of their dialysis treatment. / photo by Armida Carranza

Robyn Jones
Staff Writer

Phi Sigma Sigma showed their support for women who undergo kidney dialysis, the sorority’s current philanthropy project, in the form of a 24-hour rock-a-thon series of events at the Johnson Family Plaza from May 4 to May 5. 

Approximately $300 was raised and all proceeds went towards the National Kidney Foundation.

The 24-hour event started at 8 a.m. with “Breakfast with the Phis,” when the sorority sold pastries and drinks with all proceeds going back to their philanthropy.

Phi Sig’s Philanthropy Chair Mook Sanguanaab, junior business administration major, was the event coordinator.

“It took me three weeks to get this event together,” Sanguanaab said. “I love that everyone is coming together to donate money towards an important cause.”

Another activity,  Planting with the Phis, encouraged  participants to paint flower pots and plant a flower. 

There was also a rocking chair activity, which was designed to symbolize dialysis. 

“Each sister has a shift to take,” said Junior psychology major and Phi Sig member Jennifer Arciniega.  “We all have an hour of rocking in the rocking chairs(which) represents dialysis.”

Playing badminton at the event was new member and freshman psychology major Mikalay Dacpano.

“My grandma passed away from (kidney disease),” Dacpano said. “It means a lot because we’re supporting people (who) are going through this every single day.”

Junior business administration major Mook Sanguanaab sells snacks and beverages during Phi Sigma Sigma’s 24-hour Rock-a-Thon event May 4. The event was held to raise money and awareness for the National Kidney Foundation. / photo by Armida Carranza
Junior business administration major Mook Sanguanaab sells snacks and beverages during Phi Sigma Sigma’s 24-hour Rock-a-Thon event May 4. The event was held to raise money and awareness for the National Kidney Foundation. / photo by Armida Carranza

Later on in the evening was an event called Alum Hour,  where the Phi Sigma Sigma graduate came out and painted the rock along with the current sisters on campus. 

Participants were invited to pay $1 to place their handprint on the rock.

Phi Sigma Sigma President Gabriella Cummings, junior communications major, said she was so happy to see her friends, sorority grads, and other visitors show their support.

“The purpose of the rock (activity) was to do something with our alums,” Cummings said. “Not many people put their handprint, but they did come and donate in different ways.”

For more information about Phi Sigma Sigma, follow them on Instagram at @phisig_laverne, or visit their website at  onephisigmasigma.org.

Robyn Jones can be reached at robyn.jones2@laverne.edu.

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Robyn Jones is a senior journalism major and sports editor for the Campus Times. She is also a member of Iota Delta and a freelance photographer whose work can be found on Instagram at @jnaisphotos.

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Armida Carranza, a junior photography major and psychology minor, is a staff photographer for the Campus Times.

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