The Washington Alumni Chapter is dedicated to answering Sigma Chi's call to service. We support a variety of local and national charities. These include:
Merlin Olsen Day of Service
The Merlin Olsen Day of Service, held annually on Sept. 15, honors the philanthropic spirit of Order of Constantine Sig, Significant SIG and NFL Hall of Fame member Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962. The Fraternity encourages its members to honor Olsen, a longtime spokesman for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, by volunteering on this day to improve their communities. Suggested activities include donating blood, volunteering at local schools and cleaning up local public parks.
Huntsman Cancer Institute
At the Sigma Chi 150th Anniversary celebration in 2005, the Fraterntiy announced that the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) was chosen to be its preferred charitable organization.
Founded by Significant Sig and Order of Constantine Sig Jon M. Huntsman Sr., PENNSYLVANIA 1959, the Huntsman Cancer Institute is dedicated to finding the causes of cancer, developing new and better treatments, and preventing people from ever developing cancer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 567,628 Americans will be killed by cancer this year — more than 1,500 people a day. In an effort to cure this epidemic, Huntsman founded HCI to focus on understanding cancer from its very beginnings and to translate this knowledge to safer and more effective treatments. HCI was chosen as one of Sigma Chi's preferred philanthropies because many Sigs and their families have been directly affected by cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, men have an approximate lifetime risk of 1 in 2 developing the disease; for women, the risk is 1 in 3.
Brother Huntsman has himself given over $350 million toward cancer research, and challenges his Sigma Chi brothers to join in his efforts.
For more information please visit the HCI website, or contact Lori Kun at (801) 584-5808. The institute's mailing address is 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.
As of April 2012, Sigma Chi alumni and undergraduate chapters have raised more than $854,000 benefiting research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Please donate to the Huntsman Institute here.