What is Derby Days?

Raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity each year, Derby Days is Texas Sigma Chi's principal philanthropic event in the spring. Last year’s Derby Days resulted in the record-breaking donation of over $31,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Think Pink breast cancer awareness campaign, the charity of the winning-sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. This year, however, we have set our goals higher than ever, and plan on raising $50,000 for cancer research and the other noble causes of the three winning sororities. The best part? You can help us reach our goal by donating now and helping the community and the fight against cancer. The competition consists of all twelve Panhellenic sororities on campus participating in a variety of events throughout the week in order to earn enough points to be crowned the Derby Days Champion. The competition coincides with a one-week fundraising effort for sororities, and the winners of Derby Days are always the sororities that raise the most money for charity.​

Philanthropy

Above all, Derby Days is a philanthropy event. While playing games and competing with others is certainly fun for ​everyone, the goal of Derby Days is to raise money for charitable causes, and at Sigma Chi, we do just that.​ Over the past two years, Texas Sigma Chi has raised over $230,000 for charity between Derby Days and Fight Night.​ ​We view Derby Days as unique in its ability to unite the UT Greek Community towards the mission of raising money for worthy causes that better the community and the world. The majority of funds from Derby Days are donated to the beneficiaries of the winning sororities, but a​ portion of donations benefit the philanthropic partners of Sigma Chi: the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation.

Raising the money in the first place is great, but giving it to a good cause is even more important. The Huntsman Cancer Institute, one of ​Texas Sigma Chi's philanthropic​ beneficiaries, has devoted itself to becoming a symbol of hope and relief for those carrying the heavy burden of cancer. The men of Sigma Chi have committed to do the same, pledging to be the generation that ends cancer. One in two men will get cancer. One in three women will get cancer. One in 10 kids will get cancer. How many men and women are in your extended family? Your Facebook friends list? Your chapter? These aren't just statistics - this is personal. And YOU can do something about it.​

History

The Derby Days competition was first conceived in 1916 at UC Berkley and has grown over the decades into the success it is ​today at the University of Texas and nationwide.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) in Salt Lake City, Utah was added as an additional charity of choice for Sigma Chi’s undergraduate and alumni chapters in 2005. HCI was founded by Significant Sig and Constantine Sig Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. (Pennsylvania 1959) in 1993. The mission of the Huntsman Cancer Institute is to find the causes of cancer, to develop new and better treatments, and to prevent people from ever developing cancer. Through our undergraduate and alumni chapters, Sigma Chi is excited to be supporting HCI as it strives forward toward this ambitious goal. Texas Sigma Chi is proud to be a part of this relationship and raised near $50,000 for HCI last year, and we hope to shatter that number this year. This year the nationally acclaimed Sigma Chi Derby Challenge hopes to raise $1 million dollars for HCI, and we would like to help them reach this goal.

In recent history, Texas Derby Days has given to other charities including the B+ Foundation, YMCA, and Wooldridge Elementary. We plan to continuously grow our support for these foundations we hold dear to our chapter.

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