Annual Derby Days
Derby Days is one of Sigma Chiís staple philanthropic events for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. It is believed that the first Derby Days was held at the University of California-Berkeley, home of the Alpha Beta chapter, in 1922. It has been successful not only in raising both capital and awareness for the designated cause, but also in portraying both Sigma Chi and the Greek system as a whole in a positive light. Throughout the course of a week the participating chapter organizes and hosts a series of events and competitions among their campusí sororities to earn points. Some of the events include: Pie a Sigma Chi, Sign a Sig, Penny Wars, Trivia and of course the Running of the Derbies. With new additions every year we continue to improve our successes.
2015 Derby Days Skit/Talent Night
Money is raised through either donations, or through fundraising-type events. This event takes over campuses and highly encourages participation from outside the Greek system.The annual spring philanthropic event has become a favorite for the Theta Eta Sigma Chis as it not only allows the members of our house to get pumped for raising money, but also brings a ton of campus and community involvement from whom we can not thank enough for years of great participation. We are pleased to announce that the Derby Days 2015 brought in a total of $5,000.00+ from several organizations on campus and quite a few community sponsors.
The Derby Challenge
The Jon M. Huntsman Sr. family has donated more than $400 million to cancer-related initiatives since the commencement of HCI in 1995. He now challenges his brothers to aid in his efforts through the Derby Challenge.
The Derby Challenge is an online competition between Sigma Chi chapters, the women's fraternities and sororities on each campus raising funds for research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Challenge expands the traditional, local concept of Derby Days to include an international fundraising arm that allows persons physically present for the event a way of contributing to the philanthropic cause. Through derbychallenge.org, Sigma Chi chapters and the participating teams on their respective campuses manage their own webpages where they set visible fundraising goals, collect donations, track progress and send family and friends a secure link through which they can make a donation. The Derby Challenge runs annually, with chapter winners announced at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. Past winners include:
- University of Utah - Beta Eta Chapter: $22,799.09
- University of Chicago - Omicron Omicron Chapter: $16,836.38
- Boston University - Iota Upsilon Chapter: $14,790.85
- University of Houston - Epsilon Xi Chapter: $14,705.00
- Loyola University Chicago - Lambda Nu Chapter: $9,353.00
2012 (inaugural year; web site donations only)
- Boston University - Iota Upsilon Chapter: $16,244.21
- University of Connecticut - Gamma Omega Chapter: $11,256.50
- Washington & Lee University - Zeta Chapter: $2,229.00