The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event encourages people of all ages to form teams in order to fundraise and walk for the end of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter’s teams that attends the event every year is Bradley University’s Sigma Kappa sorority.
This year, 21-year-old Dani Teel, a Public Relations major and Political Science minor, is Sigma Kappa Beta Nu’s team captain. Dani is the Vice President of Philanthropic Service for Sigma Kappa. “Basically, I am responsible for planning our Taco Dinner that we have every spring semester, I spread volunteer opportunities to the chapter, I inform them of other organization’s philanthropic events, I manage our chapter’s service hours and I plan any other philanthropic events that Sigma Kappa may have.”
One major reason the Sigma Kappa’s annually participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is because the Alzheimer’s Association is one of their five philanthropies they support. “This is the local way that we can help raise awareness and also fundraise.” The proceeds from any other events that Dani will plan for her sorority will go the Sigma Kappa Foundation, who then disperses the money equally to the four other philanthropies.
This year, Sigma Kappa Beta Nu has around 120 girls attending the Walk. Some girls unfortunately cannot attend, but are still fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dani hopes that this year each girl will raise at least $30. If you do the math, that’s at least $3,600 for Alzheimer’s disease! Sigma Kappa Beta Nu is currently the second highest fundraising team for the Peoria Walk!
Fundraising and walking at the event to raise awareness is not the only way Sigma Kappa supports the Alzheimer’s Association. Each November they put on an event called “Week of Giving” where the girls print out facts about Alzheimer’s disease and tie them with purple ribbon around trees throughout Bradley’s campus.
As far as personal connections to Alzheimer’s disease, Dani says, “We have so many girls that have personal connections with Alzheimer’s, whether that be grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, or some girls even take care of those with Alzheimer’s. The amount of personal connection that the girls have with Alzheimer’s is incredible and that is why we are all so passionate about the Alzheimer’s Association.”
If you would like to help support Sigma Kappa’s Walk team, you can find their donation page here!
Join Sigma Kappa Beta Nu at the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 4th at Liberty Park. Registration begins at 12pm and the Walk begins at 2 pm! You can register and form or join a team here!