The Sigma Chi International Fraternity further solidified its partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) on Monday, June 15, pledging to raise at least $10 million for the organization by the end of 2022. It is believed to be the largest pledge to a single charity by a fraternity in the history of Greek-letter organizations.
“We feel so deeply that we are the next generation to eliminate cancer that there’s no amount of money that’s too great for us to raise,” said 68th Grand Consul (International President) Mike Greenberg, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 1982, at a press conference announcing the historic agreement.
“Our goal is to keep people from suffering, from pain and heartache of having a disease that most had no idea they were going to receive in their lives,” said Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig Jon M. Huntsman, PENNSYLVANIA 1959, who founded the institute in 1995. “One way or another, our job is to end cancer forever, and ever, and ever … You can do no greater work anywhere in the world than to end this horrible, horrible disease.”
In recognition of Sigma Chi’s gift, HCI has designated the sixth floor of its hospital as “The Sigma Chi International Fraternity Sixth Floor.” A wall display near the elevators reads, “The Sigma Chi International Fraternity in the spirit of friendship, justice and learning, dedicates its philanthropic efforts to Huntsman Cancer Foundation and pledges to be The Generation to End Cancer.”
Since endorsing HCI as the Fraternity’s preferred philanthropy in 2005, Sigma Chi has raised more than $3 million for the Salt Lake City research hospital, including more than $1 million during the 2014 to 2015 school year.