By Tessa Kielbasa
Sacred Heart University’s sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, promoted their philanthropy, breast cancer awareness and education, on Feb. 14 and 15 through their event, Kiss Away Cancer.
The event drew students to their tables outside of Outtakes in hopes of raising money for breast cancer.
“This is a cause that hits home for many people,” said junior Brianna Sullivan, Zeta Tau Alpha’s president.
People who wanted to participate in the event donated a dollar to Zeta’s philanthropy and had the chance to put on bright red or pink lipstick and kiss their banner. After the participants left their mark on the banner, they were then able to sign their name.
“Kiss Away Cancer fits with the theme of the week,” said freshman Emily Conlin.
The event has usually been a part of the sorority’s Relay for Life activities in the past.This year was the first time they sponsored the event during the table times outside Outtakes.
“Turnout wasn’t too bad considering it was the first time doing it alone and not incorporated within one of our other events,” said Sullivan.
Members would stand at the table and promote breast cancer awareness and would try to bring students to participate in the event. Zeta Tau Alpha was seeing how well the event would do standing by itself.
“People haven’t been kissing the banner, but still donate. Every little bit helps,” said freshman Emma Salvador.
The sorority supports the women who have been diagnosed with the disease and their goal is to educate men and women on the signs of breast cancer and how to prevent it.
Kiss Away Cancer events are held by all Zeta Tau Alpha chapters countrywide.
The Sacred Heart chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha does a variety of different philanthropy events to further spread awareness and education.
In the fall semester of 2016, they hosted a yogurt-eating contest. Their biggest event was their pancake breakfast that was held last year.
Within the chapter itself, sisters take turns going to walks and football games that are for breast cancer awareness.
“Supporting the beautiful women fighting the battle, and those who fought the battle, is one of the best parts of being a part of Zeta Tau Alpha. And knowing we are raising money to support women all over the country shows what we can do as a national organization to help the fight,” said Sullivan.