I wrote this and submitted it to our secretary for Omega Phi Alpha’s national publication, the Chevron, but I also wanted to post it on here since I have yet to post a final reflection on Relay for Life. I am SO incredibly proud of my sisters and all of the hard work that they put in for this event.
I have always been involved in White County’s Relay for Life. At home, Relay is THE event of the year; everyone in the county is there with their whole family! It is amazing to see how many people have been affected by cancer and the hope, love, and perseverance that they bring to this great event. I was happy for Omega Phi Alpha to get involved with Kennesaw State University’s first ever Relay, and I know that the event can only get bigger from here! This is truly the beginning of a new tradition for Alpha Zeta.
Chevron Chapter Spotlight Questionnaire
Name of person filling out this questionnaire: Teigan McIntosh (Zeta pledge class)
Position currently held, if any: 2011-2012 Marketing Director, 2012-2013 President
Location/School: Alpha Zeta chapter at Kennesaw State University
Date project took place: Friday, April 13th @ 7:00 pm – Saturday, April 14th @ 7:00 am
Name of Event: Kennesaw State University’s first ever Relay for Life
As our chapter’s Relay for Life team captain, I started planning for “the big night” months in advance! After all, this was our first Relay for Life event, as well as Kennesaw State University’s, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Luckily, my Omega Phi Alpha sister, Lauren Bigler (Zeta pledge class), was interning at the American Cancer Society under Giana Humphrey, a Relay for Life College Events Manager for the ACS. Lauren and Giana were able to answer all of my questions and help me prepare our OPA team. Leading up to the event, we volunteered at a “kick-off” night to let the KSU campus know about Relay as well as a fundraising “Pajama Blitz” party. As a team, we held a yard sale which raised $630! We couldn’t have done it without Caitlin Amick (Zeta pledge class) and her parents’ generous donations.
Our team consisted of 54 sisters including Alpha Zeta alumnae Kayla Coe (Delta pledge class), Jillian Farley (Beta pledge class), Erica Fey (Beta pledge class), Kara Frost (Delta pledge class). Many other sisters showed their support as well. Once we decided on a carnival theme for our table and tent at Relay, I started searching for businesses, vendors, family, and friends who were willing to donate to our onsite fundraiser for the night of Relay. Parker York (Eta pledge class) and her aunt, Alicia Turner, graciously donated a popcorn popper as well as supplies. Allie Plott (Eta pledge class), a Publix at Orchard Square employee, made and donated 300 cupcakes for us to sell. Jillian Farley brought us two dozen custom cookies that her mom made. (Check out her website:http://cookiechicconnection.blogspot.com/)
We were so lucky to have these great connections, and the fact that most of our supplies were donated meant that we were able to raise more money for the American Cancer Society. Out of 32 teams, our Omega Phi Alpha team came in 2nd place for fundraising right behind the KSU Relay Committee team. As of May 4th, our team’s total amount raised for the ACS is $3,984 and KSU’s total amount is $30,507! (www.ksurelay.org) I am so proud of my sisters and all of the hard work that they put in to raise funds for the American Cancer Society!
While this was one of our major service projects for the spring semester, I also consider it a sisterhood event because of the wonderful bonding time that we spent on the campus Green. Personally, I was on campus for Relay for seventeen hours straight from set-up to clean-up, and there were several sisters who accompanied me throughout the entirety of the event. Throughout the night, we bonded as we worked at our table, walked around the track, played games such as corn hole, and simply hung out together as we enjoyed the great music and entertainment. There was even a memorable 5:00 am dance and workout session led by ChristaBeth Vaughn (Zeta pledge class).
Relay for Life was my favorite projects of the semester, and it is definitely one of the most memorable events because of all the hard work that went into it as well as our great success as a team! I am so proud of my sisters, and I think that this project will become one of our traditions. Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, some closer than others, and this is a great project presents a great opportunity for everyone to get involved. I recommend that other OPA chapters get involved in their local or college Relay for Life so that we can get closer to a world without cancer!
Group Photo: Description: Our team on the Campus Green in front of our on-site fundraising tent and table. Back Row (left to right): Caitlin A., Jessica B., Ray C., Emma A., Katelynn S., Lauren F., Julie S., Autumn G., Jillian F., Erica F., Amy P., Robyn B., April G. Middle Row (left to right): Lauren P., Allie P., Stephanie O., Allie D., Caroline A., Tiffany P., Tara B., Jessica P., Taylor B., Angelica D., Angelica B., Parker Y., Priscilla R., Jenna B., Brittany K., Caroline C., Christine H., Emily A., Jennifer B., Lily W.. Front Row (left to right): Candice W., Lauren J., Sharon K., Thi N., Teigan McIntosh
Banner Photo: Description= Our team lap to kick off the night. Front Row (holding banner, left to right): Emily A., Katelynn S., Caroline C.. Second Row: Candice W., Jenna B. Third Row: Tegan Y., Jillian F., Erica F.