July 13, 2023 | Evanston, Illinois — Sigma Chi International Fraternity officials learned on July 1 that its chapters, supported by members and friends, as well as non-member students at its host institution campuses contributed $3,531,272 to Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) during the 2022 to 2023 fundraising year. This marks the second-straight year that the Fraternity raised more than $3.5 million for HCF, and is the second-highest total ever raised by its chapters.
More than 240 colleges and universities with Sigma Chi chapters contributed to the effort that began July 1, 2022, and concluded on June 30, 2023, involving Sigma Chi’s signature Derby Days philanthropic events and other fundraising efforts.
The $3.5 million raised goes toward a $20 million pledge that Sigma Chi made to HCF on June 28, 2019, during the 82nd Grand Chapter supporting research and treatment of cancers that affect women, including construction of the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute, located in Salt Lake City, that opened May 8, 2023.
“I am so proud of our undergraduate men and the students at our host institutions for their outstanding work to support Huntsman Cancer Foundation,” says 73rd Grand Consul (international president) Bob Wilson, FORT HAYS 1981. “Their dedication speaks to Sigma Chi’s commitment to supporting Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s mission and our goal to be the generation to end cancer. These efforts are both inspiring and enduring.”
“We’re in awe of the men of Sigma Chi and their supporters for fundraising more than $3.5 million for the second year in a row. They’ve taken an unwavering stance against cancer and mobilized friends and family to do the same,” says Huntsman Cancer Foundation President and Chief Operating Officer Kim Wirthlin. “Sigma Chi’s ongoing partnership demonstrates the power of people coming together for a common purpose as their exceptional fundraising efforts accelerate our mission to deliver a cancer-free future.”
The International Fraternity named Huntsman Cancer Foundation its sole preferred philanthropic partner in 2012 and has contributed more than $20.8 million to HCF since 2005.
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 231 universities and colleges and more than 365,000 all-time members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging members to live by its core values and exemplify Character-in-Action™ in every aspect of their lives and the lives of others.
Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support the mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute: To understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care. Huntsman Cancer Foundation is dedicated to ensuring excellence in these endeavors through the development and prudent stewardship of private resources. All Huntsman Cancer Institute fundraising initiatives happen through Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which is a public, functionally integrated, Type III 501(c)(3).