by Aphrodite Kotrotsios
Alex Balis, a pre-junior at Drexel University, undertook the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity’s mission of raising funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research. Volunteers for this cause not only raise money through online campaigns, but through volunteer driven Head Shaving events which have become a huge success. The foundation continues to grow year after year generating over 5.3 million dollars for childhood cancer.
Sigma Phi Epsilon raised over $55,000 in 2014 and is hoping to surpass that goal in 2015. Founded on the principles of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love, Sigma Phi Epsilon works hard towards building leaders that will work effortlessly in giving back to the community.
Alex Balis currently holds a position in the recruitment cabinet of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which organizes events for new members. He has been part of this organization for the past 6 months, and works hard to uphold its principles. He is a double major in economics and international business.
Please show your support for Sigma Phi Epsilon’s mission and contribute in any way that you can.
HNA: What is your involvement in Sigma Phi Epsilon?
AB: Currently I am in the recruitment cabinet within the chapter. We organize our rush events and try to convey our principles through these events. Our current VP of Recruitment, Mike Koerner has been really energetic and organized as we are preparing for Spring Rush.
HNA: What is your fraternity all about?
AB: We were founded on the principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. Additionally we are a balanced man chapter. This means we do not have a pledge system. Everyone has a voice in the chapter and has the ability to make an impact. We also stress the importance of sound mind and sound body. This means we believe in academic progression, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
HNA: There are several foundations out there, what made St. Baldrick’s stand out?
AB: Essentially, it started off when one of our alumni wanted to contribute to St. Baldrick’s. Within one week they were able to raise $2,500. They ended up raising almost $13,000 that year. To this day, we were able to raise $250,000 within the past 7 years.
HNA: What is this years goal?
AB: This year we are trying to raise $65,000.
HNA: How much are you trying to raise and how do you plan to do so?
AB: A lot of the guys try to raise money by asking family members and friends. Additionally, we do events such as pan-handling. I know this year we are trying to do a concert, so we feel like that could help a lot.
HNA: How can people donate to this cause?
AB: Below is the link to my page. You just have to click and make your contribution! It’s that easy to make a difference for children struggling to fight for their lives in their battle with cancer.
Please click on the link below to donate to Alex’s page!