Alpha Gamma Rho raises money for breast cancer in ‘Pink Out’
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 15:10
The orange season is about to turn pink. As the world observes the breast cancer awareness month through October, NDSU students are also contributing to the cause.
Alpha Gamma Rho, the fraternity that believes in making better men, is lending a hand to make healthier women (and men, too). The AGR boys have actively taken up the issue of breast cancer plaguing the American society recently. They are working toward raising money and awareness for the breast cancer problem.
Last week the Alpha Gamma Rho had organized a Pink Out Grill Out campaign where a delicious meal was served to fellow Bison for only $5. The proceeds from this event were forwarded to the American Cancer Society.
The people who came to the Grill Out were very excited and happy about doing their small but important part in uprooting the cancer evil.
Andrew Maidl, a junior in crop and weed sciences at NDSU said, “I have had family friends who have been through cancer and I realize that no amount of contribution is ever big enough for this. People don’t know how badly breast cancer is affecting our society.”
He, like many other students, attended and pitched in their support for the cause. Andrew adds that, “I would love to help out in any other way I can to this noble cause.” This feeling was resonated across campus when large number of students came forward to participate in the event making it a grand success.
AGR Philanthropy Chair Levi Hall was very happy about the turnout at the event. He says, “We didn’t expect so many people to join us, it was overwhelming to see how the young community is actively participating in these activities.”
The AGR raised about $3,000 in just one evening through the Grill Out event. They are also selling Pink Out t-shirts for $10 each and Levi expects to raise another $3,000-5,000 through the t-shirt sales.
“We bought 300 T-shirts on our first day and all got sold out within the day,” he said.
October 10 will be observed as Pink Out Campus day when all the supporters will wear their pink t-shirts.
This is the first year of this program and AGR expects the coming batch of students to keep the campaign alive.
“We had a cook with us for the past many years and when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, we realized how this disease affects not only the person but also their family as well as everyone associated with that person,” Levi said.
The Philanthropy Chair at AGR, along with American Cancer Society, wishes to raise even more money in the coming semesters and also want to hold educational programs to spread awareness about breast cancer.