Tech greeks are out to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at an event that will wrap up this year’s Greek Week.Every year, Tech’s greek community hosts a week’s worth of events to benefit a national charity. For the past two years, they have chosen to donate their time and money to Relay for Life, and this year is no different.
Brandy Marshall, Phi Mu alumna and chairwoman of this year’s Relay for Life committee, said she feels optimistic about this year’s outcome.
“Last year, the greek community raised roughly $14,000,” Marshall said. “This year, we hope to hit the $20,000 mark.”
The events of the week will end on Friday, April 24 with the Relay for Life walk-a-thon that lasts from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. The walk-a-thon, Marshall said, is an overnight event in which team members take turns walking a predetermined distance based on donations or pledges.
During the walk-a-thon, chapters can also construct campsites that adhere to this year’s Relay for Life theme, “The Reality of Relay.” The campsites, Marshall said, have to relate to either a reality television show or another popular television sitcom.
Participating chapters can also host on-site fundraisers that stick to the theme of their campsites.
“Basically, we want the campsites and on-site fundraisers to be as fun as possible,” Marshall said.
Marshall also said that this year’s events would be better due to the location. The walk-a-thon, campsites, and fundraisers will all be held on the intramural fields, as opposed to their former location on the Main Quad.
“We have lights now, and room to move around,” Marshall said. “I expect this year to be the best yet.