MNSU sorority holds fundraiser for first responders

Carley Sonju
Staff Writer

Alpha Sigma Alpha held a fundraiser for the Mankato Department of Public Safety Tuesday night in the CSU Ballroom. 

The sorority, as a group, does two fundraisers each year for the police officers and firefighters of Mankato. This year, the money raised would be given to the fire department so that they can provide smoke detectors to less fortunate families who do not have them.

The fundraisers they hold is not the only way they help support our local firefighters. Recruitment vice president Allyssa Sanford explained, “Every semester we go down there and do this thing called Dinner for Heroes, so we’ll cook food for them and then they’ll show us around the building. We wanted to do something more for them.”

The theme for the fundraiser this semester was a carnival setting. It was the first time they had used a carnival theme. There was a $5 door fee to enter the carnival and included with your entry were 10 game plays. Tickets that a participant won by playing the games could be put into a prize drawing and then winners were drawn at the end of the night. There was also a game called “Pie-a-Sister” which cost an additional dollar to spin a wheel that decides which sister is getting pied, or one could pay $2 to choose which sister you got to “pie”.

They also had snacks available, such as snow cones, popcorn, cookies, chips and salsa, and lemonade. The carnival games were Ski Ball, Prize Punch, Hole-in-One, Basket Toss, Guessing Booth and Duck Pond.

Alpha Sigma Alpha’s other philanthropies include Special Olympics, S. June Smith Center, Girls on the Run, the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation and Adopt-a-Highway. Their sorority focuses on developing women of poise and purpose. Their eight core values are generosity, growth, enjoyment, responsibility, relationships, balance, integrity, and learning, all of which show through their philanthropic endeavors to improve MNSU and the Mankato community.

Be on the lookout for other fundraisers held by Alpha Sigma Alpha. The carnival-themed fundraiser for the Department of Public Safety was a great way to give back to the people in the community who work so hard to keep everyone safe.

Header photo: MNSU students attending the Alpha Sigma Alpha Fundraiser held in the Centennial Student Union Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Jack Linell/MSU Reporter)

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