SIGMA KAPPA ALPHA EPSILON CHAPTER AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RAISES $11,945 FOR THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
AMES, Iowa –Sigma Kappa Alpha Epsilon presented the Alzheimer’s Association with $12,047 for the Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative at the Ames Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday October 8th, 2016. The gift will fund innovative research focused on women including studies to understand why more women are living with this disease and studies led by female researchers working to advance Alzheimer’s and dementia science.
2016 marks the 32nd anniversary of the partnership between the Alzheimer's Association and Sigma Kappa Sorority, they had looked forward to once again participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's and having another record breaking year in our fundraising efforts. All of which was achieved. The Walk provides a great opportunity for alumnae and collegiate chapters to join together and raise dollars to help find a cure for this debilitating disease
The Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Initiative will engage 1 million women in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s – of the five million Americans living with the disease, two-thirds are women, and 60% of caregivers are women.
“Since 1984, Sigma Kappa has donated $4.64 million to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Sigma Kappa’s outgoing national president, Cheri De Jong. “We recognize the impact of this disease, especially on women, which is why our members are committed to this cause.”
To bring more attention to the philanthropy services Sigma Kappa offers they will be hosting an event called Ultraviolet where all the money raised goes to the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which is then turned around out to the Alzheimer’s Association or the other 4 philanthropies that Sigma Kappa invest in.
Here is a look at our most recent Walk to End Alzheimer's Philanthropy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6QDruY1Hhw
Flower pinwheels which were provided by the Alzheimer’s Association were handed out to everyone who attended the run. Participants were encouraged to write a name of someone they knew that has Alzheimer’s or affected by Alzheimer’s.