By BRIANA ARRINGTON
Lollipops and Texas Hold ‘Em have
something in common thanks to Sigma Kappa. The sorority is using both to help
raise money for Alzheimer’s disease.
“Alzheimer’s has always been one of the Sigma Kappa’s
national philanthropies,” Beth Davis, chairman of fundraising and national
philanthropies for Sigma Kappa, said.
Last week, members of Sigma Kappa set up a booth to sell
lollipops for $1 each in the Student Center.
Davis, also a senior education major, said the national
Sigma Kappa headquarters sends them 2,000 lollipops a year. The lollipops are
sold to the students twice a year, once in the fall and once in spring.
Also in the fall, Sigma Kappa sells “Mind Strong”
bracelets, which are ordered from http://www.findthecure.org, the same Web site
founded for Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.
“I think the students have been generous so far,” Candace
Jones, a Sigma Kappa and junior speech major, said. “We’ve had many students
come and just donate $5 or $10 because their grandparents have suffered from
In the past, Sigma Kappa has held a Memory Walk as a
fundraiser for Alzheimer’s. Davis said the Sigma Kappas
are trying something new this year.
“We will be having our first Texas Hold ‘Em tournament this year to raise more money for Alzheimer’s
on November 8,” she said.
Davis said the tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the
Norton Building, located on W. Mississippi Street in downtown Ruston. They have
not figured out all of the details yet, but the buy-in for each player will be
$10. Walk-ins are welcome, but Davis said she encourages students to sign up
before the tournament in the Student Center.
“All of the money from the player’s buy-ins will go to
research for Alzheimer’s,” Davis said. “But there will be prizes provided for
the winners which we are trying to get donated right now.”
Christopher Oubre, a graduate
student of psychology, is looking forward to competing in the tournament and
said other students should do the same.
“I think it’s great what the Sigma Kappas
are doing for Alzheimer’s,” Oubre said. “My
grandfather passed away because of it last year, and I have several friends who
have been through the same thing. It is a terrible disease to watch a loved one
go through. So if there is anything students could do to help, I think they
For more information about entering the
Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, or to donate to research
for Alzheimer’s disease, contact Davis, at 470-6984.