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Sigma Kappa’s car show accelerates Alzheimer’s awareness

By Colleen Rushnak

Students and community members alike strolled through the row of brightly colored cars that lined Lots 3 and 4 on Saturday, Oct. 6. Some cars were sleek and modern, while others carried a more classic vintage vibe, but all were brought for one purpose –– to fundraise for a cause.

Sigma Kappa raises money for Alzheimer’s during its Ultra Violet Week. (Miguel Gonzalez / News Editor)

Sigma Kappa hosted its seventh annual Driving Out Alzheimer’s Car Show from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to raise money to fight the lethal brain disease.

Pennington resident George Dorsett, who owns a 1956 Chevy, has been coming to the Sigma Kappa car show for the past seven years.

“I have been here every year since they had it,” he said. “I talked to one of the girls and told them to get more fliers out to people at car shows, and every year it seems to get bigger and bigger.”

The car show concluded Sigma Kappa’s Ultra Violet Week, which was a series of events that supopored the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which is committed to increasing Alzheimer’s awareness, research and treatment.

“We do it every year to raise funds for a cause that is really close to a lot of our sisters’ hearts,” said Madison Storcella, a senior communication studies major and Sigma Kappa’s vice president of philanthropic service. “We like to spread light on this awful disease and have a fun event.”

Storcella has been planning this event since the summer. Event highlights included food trucks, face painting, pumpkin painting and a silent auction. The silent auction had gift baskets ranging from a month of free yoga to tickets to an upcoming New Jersey Devils game.

Participants bid on the prizes while the TCNJ Dance Team and the Tap Ensemble performed for spectators.

The Sigma Kappa Foundation has become a leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans, according to The Alzheimer’s Association.

“Many people have no idea that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America,” said sophomore history and secondary education dual major and Sigma Kappa sister Laura Leonard.

This event did not just support the members of Sigma Kappa —  the sorority invited a variety of other organizations to table and raise money for their philanthropies.

Kristine Spike, a junior communication studies major and president of the club swim team, hosted a tarot card reading station to raise money for the swim team’s uniforms.

Sigma Kappa was proud to not only raise money for its own philanthropy, but to give other campus organizations an opportunity to reach their goals as well. 

“We feel like this is a great opportunity to come together,” Storcella said. “We have invited Greek organizations, clubs and sports teams to come out.” 


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