Despite forecasts of heavy rain and hail storms, dozens of students and community members crowded at 53 Park Street to get ready for Kappa Delta Sigma’s 2nd Annual 5K and BBQ event. The event was held to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, and included carnival games, a raffle, and a performance by the Singing Saints.
Katie Miller ’19 is one of the co-philanthropy chairs of KDS and helped organized the event. “Even though we had a smaller turn out than expected, I’d say the event was a success,” said Katie. “My family members have been impacted and some have even died from cancer,” continued Katie, “so it’s great to see so much support come from the community.” Alex Godfrey ‘19, Vice President of KDS, also agreed with Katie. “It was really nice to see members of the SLU student body, community and other Greek organizations there to support us.”
Toward the end of the race, the light rain turned into hail. “I tried to let the weather not discourage me, but it definitely was challenging at times,” said student Paige Gannon ‘18. “But I knew I was running for a good cause, and had my sisters by my side, running along side me and cheering me on.” Other participants also found the weather to be encouraging. “Although the weather was cold and rainy, I believe it was the opposite of discouraging, in that the hail really motivated me to get to the finish line,” said Alex.
The weather required all hands on deck. Unfortunately, the carnival games had to be cancelled, and the Singing Saints concert was moved indoors. “I was worried that with the weather, we’d have to cancel the event,” said Katie. “Thankfully, we have a really great group of girls that was able to pull it off.”
Overall, the event raised $752. $100 of the proceeds will be allocated to the Luke Harvey ’18 Memorial Travel Grant established by the Geology Department. “I want to say thank you to everyone that came out,” said Paige. “We raised a substantial amount of money, and we look forward to hosting it again next year.”
by Emily Osiecki