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12-03-2002

Clarkson's Sigma Chi Fraternity's Derby Days Events Raise Over $5,500 For Children

Clarkson University’s Sigma Chi fraternity, with the help of local sororities and businesses, recently raised over $5,500 for the Children’s Miracle Network during its annual Derby Days celebrations.

Derby Days is a weeklong event of entertainment, competition, and service in the community. The event originated at the University of California at Berkley over 60 years ago and is sponsored by Sigma Chi chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

“In the past three years, the fraternity has raised over $15,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network in Watertown,” says Jason C. Libby, director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Clarkson. “This is a great project that brings the community together to make a difference in the lives of children in northern New York. I commend the efforts of the chapter and all the participating sororities and area businesses.”

The Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Each year these non-profit hospitals treat more than 17 million children afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects.

Clarkson University fraternities and sororities must meet high standards of academic performance, conduct and community service. Last year, Sigma Chi succeeded in achieving cumulative grade-point averages of 2.96 for the fall semester and 3.09 for the spring semester. The Clarkson University Interfraternity Council recently awarded the chapter the Outstanding Community Service Award for 2001-2002.

Sigma Chi International Fraternity was founded in 1855 at Miami University (Ohio) and has over 220 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Clarkson University chapter was founded in 1988.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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