The rocking chairs in the Lambda Chi fraternity’s front yard aren’t just for students enjoying spring.
Rather, they are part of a 72-hour philanthropy effort by the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority to raise money for the house’s national philanthropy, the Robbie Page Memorial.
The “Rocking for Robbie” event kicked off at 6 p.m. Monday evening and runs through 6 p.m. this evening.
It entails two members from the sorority and two from the fraternity rocking at all times to raise awareness, and members of Tri Sigma also are raising funds through efforts by both the house and the individuals.
“We’ve gone to local businesses and told them about the philanthropy,” said Elisa Saladino, the house’s head philanthropy chairwoman.
She said businesses donated items that are being sold or raffled on the oval, and the women also are selling hot chocolate and accepting monetary donations.
Additionally, they have done fundraising as individuals in their own communities.
“A lot of people told their parents and family members and neighbors and friends,” Saladino said.
While the Robbie Page Memorial originally focused on polio research projects in memory of Robbie, who died of the disease in 1951 at the age of 5, the philanthropy now helps fund therapeutic play for children coping with illnesses and treatments for the illnesses, according to information on the Tri Sigma Foundation web page.
Those involved are having fun throughout the event, including hosting a cookout Tuesday evening, a movie and popcorn night Wednesday and an ice cream social and balloon release in conjunction with the closing ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. today.
Saladino said the involvement has been good.
“Every single member is involved,” she said, adding that most years each member of the house rocks for two hours.
A sign on the lawn tells how many hours the students have rocked, and Saladino said others on campus have been supportive of the efforts.
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She said members of Student Government Association and other fraternities also have been involved in the events throughout the week.