Huntsman Cancer Honors Greeks for Giving

Because greek houses get so much negative attention, recognizing their accomplishments is important, said Ray Olson, director of development for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

On Monday, the cancer institute recognized the greek society for their $2,500 donation, which will go to the cancer institute’s care and research programs.

“They got all the houses involved in raising money” through activities like special fund-raising dinners, car washes and a blood drive, Olson said,

The first-time event was “a greek-wide philanthropy,” said Panhellenic Vice President Jenny Blank, who helped put the project together. “It wouldn’t have been able to happen if all the houses didn’t come together.”

Along with a check presentation, the cancer institute awarded two plaques to the top fund-raising fraternity and sorority?Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Chi.

The awards will be traveling trophies, Olson said. They will reside in the fraternity or sorority which raises the most funds for the cancer institute each year.

After the presentation, the greeks took a tour of the cancer institute to learn more about the facilities.

“We were very pleased that they selected the Huntsman Institute to be the beneficiary and delighted that they all came together to do something,” Olson said.

“It’s a good cause. There’s so much research that takes place?We need [a lot of money] to help. I’m just glad I’ve been able to be a part of it,” Blank said.

“I thought it was neat to meet these young people who are going to do positive things and get others involved?even with school and other obligations, they’re still willing to go the extra mile to do something extraordinary,” Olson said.

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