83rd Grand Chapter | Fall 2021 Review

Events included inaugural leadership forum, auction, golf tournament, revamped Significant Sig ceremony

Premium Items Highlight Auction

Whether it was signed sports memorabilia, including items signed by three of the National Football League’s Sigma Chi head coaches, an exclusive vacation opportunity or rare historical memento, the Sigma Chi Foundation’s 2021 Sigma Chi Grand Auction had something for everyone.

Launched online prior to the 83rd Grand Chapter at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, bidders were able to compete for more than 100 items donated by alumni and friends across the United States through the closing Celebration of Sigma Chi banquet.

Overall, the auction generated more than $50,000 to support the Grand Chapter event.


The Foundation kicked off Grand Chapter week for local Sigs and early arriving attendees with a special Wednesday night bourbon, craft beer and cigar social and fundraiser, In Hoc Toast and Smoke, at the Old Town Scottsdale venue Rockbar, owned by alum Alex Mundy, ARIZONA STATE 1999.

More than 60 alumni and sweethearts attended the rooftop event, raising funds towards the newly-launched Grand Canyon Provincial Scholarship Fund. Attendees a premium Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon flight led by local Sazerac rep Justin Soto, ARIZONA STATE 2012, a flight of craft beers from the local Four Peaks Brewing Company, co-founded by Significant Sig Jim Scussel, WISCONSIN-MADISON 1989, and the debut of the Sigma Chi Foundation inspired cigar “Constantine” from alum Jeff Borysiewicz, CENTRAL FLORIDA 1990, and the Orlando-based Corona Cigar Co.


Thursday afternoon, the Foundation announced its partnership with Dallas-based Beyond Publishing and the creation of the Sigma Chi Foundation Press during the inaugural Transformational Leaders in Business forum.

Headlined by a keynote speech from 64th Grand Consul and former Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, PURDUE 1979, the event gave full package attendees an opportunity to gain insight from a quartet of Significant Sigs also including William McGinley, CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES 1991, former

assistant to President Donald Trump and White House Cabinet Secretary; Arizona real estate developer and philanthropist Tom Lewis, KENTUCKY 1971; and Brandon Chaney, INDIANA 1993, proprietor and CEO of Fairwinds Estate Winery and In Hoc Napa Valley.

Lockwell, Caldwell Members Honored

Thursday evening, more than 40 brothers who have earned membership in the Foundation’s William Lewis Lockwood or James Parks Caldwell societies were honored by the Foundation during an exclusive recognition ceremony.

Lockwood Society members have given more than $100,000 to the Sigma Chi Foundation during their lifetimes, benefiting academic scholarships and/or leadership initiatives. Each member receives an exclusive, jeweled Life Loyal Sig pin in honor of their contributions to Sigma Chi.

Caldwell Society members include all brothers, sweethearts or friends who have listed the Sigma Chi Foundation as a beneficiary of a legacy gift upon their passing.

Significant Experience for Honorees

Members of the 2020 and 2021 Significant Sig award classes were treated to an exclusive evening at the Scottsdale home of Brenda and Significant Sig Rick Smith, HARVARD 1992, founder and CEO of Axon.

The Friday night event saw guests treated to both dinner, libations and a special aquatic and acrobatic performance underneath the Arizona sky by the Lucent Dossier Experience, which Esquire calls “the greatest show on earth.”

New-Look Significant Sig Awards

For the first time since the award’s inception, the more than 70 in-person recipients of the Significant Sig award from the 2020 and 2021 classes were honored by Sigma Chi in an exclusive awards show- style format helmed by the Foundation.

The event headlined a memorable weekend for awardees, who also engaged in a closed-door round- table session to discuss their Sigma Chi experiences and were treated, alongside guests, to a reception sponsored by Order of Constantine and Significant Sig Bob Georges, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1973.

Golf Tournament Caps Weekend

More than 90 golfers braved the Arizona heat for a morning of fellowship and competitive play at the Kierland Golf Club during the inaugural Sigma Chi Open powered by Technologent.

Thanks to the support of sponsors and participants, the tournament successfully raised in excess of $16,000 for the Foundation.

Participants were able to take advantage of a drone-powered golf ball drop, given an opportunity at one of five hole-in-one opportunities, including a customized truck, and treated with samples from three premium beverage vendors.