Omega Sigma Chi Sorority – Brock University is mixing a little competition with a side of philanthropy in their annual Euchre and President Tournament taking place on Mar. 11.
Serving to support Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines and Thorold District, Omega Sigma Chi has been encouraging students and the greater community to partake in helping the cause for the last four years.
In each Euchre and President game, participants can win a raffle ticket, which will be entered into a grand prize draw at the end of the evening, with additional tickets for smaller prizes being sold throughout the tournament.
The sorority has also been actively involved with other community partners and student-run events, such as Trick or Eat, Random Acts of Kindness, Brock Bowls, as well as their cornerstone event, CIBC Run for the Cure in October and Relay for Life, which took place over the weekend on Mar. 5 and 6.
All of the proceeds raised in the events that they participate in go towards Big Brothers Big Sisters, SNAP, and other organizations, raising over $2,000 this year.
“Philanthropy work is an important aspect of the sorority,” said fourth-year Business Communications student, Chrizanna D’Silva, who has been involved with Omega Sigma Chi for the last four years.
“We’re very fortunate to be in such a diverse community and we’re always looking for ways to give back. The people that we support are always so grateful to have us participate, and we’re equally as happy to support them.”
Another facet of sorority life is a sense of belonging and creating a home away from home. The family that the sorority has fostered over the years continues to strengthen, as they welcome a number of unique women and pledges each year.
“Once the ladies become a ‘Big’, they are seen as a mentor to the pledges, or their ‘Little’, to guide and educate them throughout their life as a student and sorority-member. I’m a Big this year and being able to pass on my wisdom to them is fulfilling in many ways. Just knowing that we’re by each others’ side no matter what is comforting,” said D’Silva.
“We place a lot of value in this family and in our sisterhood. Being surrounded by such beautiful women who support you as you continue to move forward in life is important. Every thing that we do is meaningful; we appreciate it all and take each moment for what it’s worth.”
This event will take place in the Sankey Chambers at 7:00 p.m. For students who are interested in participating, there will be a sign-up table in front of the Fish Bowl all week from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is a $5 registration fee, with proceeds going to their community partner. Questions can be directed to Chrizanna D’Silva at email@example.com. For updates, be sure to like their Facebook page at facebook.com/omegasigmachibrock or visit their website at omegasigmachi.com