Thursday, April 18, 2013
College of Charleston Fraternity Sigma Chi came through in a big way for Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina last week when they announced they had raised $25,000 for the nonprofit through their 2013 Derby Days philanthropy effort. Some of the Fraternity brothers heard YEScarolina founder, Jimmy Bailey, speak several times about giving back in Tommy Baker’s Entrepreneurship class at the college and felt empowered to give to YEScarolina.
Sigma Chi’s annual fundraiser took place over a five-day period at the end of March, where each sorority at CofC competed through daily events and fundraising activities to earn the right to be crowned champion. One special event that was well attended was a lecture by a youth entrepreneur from the south side of Chicago. Rodney Walker, spoke to a packed house at the CofC School of Business about where he came from and how entrepreneurship has taken him to places beyond his wildest dreams.
The fundraising effort took advantage of a unique online platform, Crowdrise.com, where they encouraged community members, family and friends to give. The fraternity gives big thanks to Chiquita Brands, Joseph Auto Group, Jane Clothing and Chemed Corp for their strong donations.
To cap off the exciting week, Sigma Chi hosted a duo of internationally-known DJ’s at the Music Farm, made possible by Adam Young Law Firm.
“We are proud to announce that Derby Days was a huge success. The contributions from the brothers of Sigma Chi, sorority women and our supporting sponsors allowed us to exceed our financial goals. We are excited about our new partnership with YEScarolina and look forward to continue giving back to the Charleston community for years to come. Thank you again to all of the people who helped make Derby Days possible” said graduating senior, Brandon Rolfes.
The fraternity brothers presented the check to an admiring crowd over a donor appreciation lunch at Hall’s Chophouse. “When I heard that the Sigma Chi’s were designating YEScarolina as it’s recipient for 2013, I was both humbled and proud. Humbled because they heard my sincere request to give back to young people in some way and proud because it’s one of the largest donations ever made to us and unbeknownst to them I am also a Sigma Chi,” Jimmy Bailey said.
The amount of $25,000 goes a long way for an organization the size of YEScarolina. They will use the money to fund their 2013 summer teacher training program, their new mentorship program called Start Up Summer and establish a Sigmi Chi Scholarship. YEScarolina is made possible by private donations and they fundraise in order to host a teacher training program once a year where they bring an instructor from New York City to train 15-20 teachers how to teach entrepreneurship.