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The Kappa Beta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of North Florida wants to stamp out cancer and raise awareness about the disease that claims the lives of countless individuals every day.In order to accomplish this goal, Sigma Chi is sponsoring Derby Days, the fraternity’s annual philanthropic endeavor to combat cancer, and is hosting the Derby Darling Pageant at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Student Union, 58W, Ballrooms, Rom 3703. The event is free and open to the public, but charitable donations will be accepted.The event beneficiary is The Huntsman Cancer Institute, which is part of the University of Utah health care system and one of the world’s leading cancer research centers. Every UNF sorority and numerous campus clubs will sponsor a pageant contestant, who will be quizzed on Sigma Chi history, as well as the mission and purpose of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.“Sigma Chi has made a strong commitment to service, and our mission is to combat this deadly disease through charitable donations and philanthropic efforts,” said Robert Byther, Derby Days chair.Sigma Chi is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. It was founded in 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and was chartered at UNF in 1991. The chapter has received several local and national awards, including the 2011 UNF Chapter of the Year and the 2012 Dwight D. Peterson Significant Chapter Award.UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
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