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Think Pink

Fall/Winter 2013

Tiffin University’s Gamma Chi Alpha sorority hosted its eighth annual “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness gala in October as part of breast cancer awareness month.

Approximately 62 people attended the gala, which included three guest speakers and a silent auction. The event concluded with a balloon release to pay tribute to all of the breast cancer survivors.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction were donated to Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition.

“The purpose of this organization is to empower breast cancer survivors and others to eradicate breast cancer by focusing on research, improving access to health care and promoting the influence of breast cancer survivors in all aspects of breast cancer decision-making,” according to the coalition’s website.

Tiffin University’s Gamma Chi Alpha sorority was able to donate more than $1,000 to the coalition.

“I would say that the event was very successful this year,” said JoElle Hall, Gamma Chi Alpha advisor. Hall, undergraduate admissions visit and event coordinator at Tiffin University, estimated that the group has raised more than $10,000 over the years of the gala, and all of the money has been donated to non-profit breast cancer awareness organizations.

Hall said she has been at TU since the gala was developed, and it has been incredible to see its growth and the increasing campus support for the event throughout the years. She expressed appreciation for everyone’s continued support and said they have played a large role in the event’s success.

“As a sorority, we feel that Breast Cancer Awareness is an issue that needs to be highlighted so we can encourage others in join in the fight against Breast Cancer. This disease hits close to home for so many of our sisters, so we wanted to make an effort to do our part in raising awareness,” she said.

The core principles of Gamma Chi Alpha at Tiffin University are education, public service and leadership development. In addition to breast cancer awareness, the group focuses on suicide prevention and soldier adoption.

“Gamma Chi Alpha sorority is a group of unified, independent, strong, and goal-oriented women striving to support all of its sisters, to enhance the quality of life within the community, and to partner to engage in spirited leading, learning, and lasting friendships,” according to Tiffin University’s website.