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Helping Arthritis Aches
Bethany Shinn
Antelope Staff

Alpha Omicron Pi puts on fundraiser


Striking out Arthritis is the cause, and UNK is taking steps toward prevention that you can join.

The fifth annual Alpha Omicron Pi Dodgeball Tournament will be held at the Health and Sports Center at UNK on Feb. 3, 2011 from 7-10 p.m. The entry fee is $30 per teams of five to six people, and teams are eliminated through a bracket system.  

If you aren’t able to make the tournament, the sorority members will also be selling $1 raffle tickets toward an iPad.  Along with the iPad, there will also be a cash raffle prize to help encourage the community to participate.  

“There is no way we would be able to do it without the support. If people don't buy a raffle ticket or don't sign up a team, then we can't do this event,” said Heather Reimers a sophomore special education major from Hastings who is also the philanthropy chair for her sorority.  

“This philanthropy means so much to me,” Reimers said.  “Arthritis doesn't directly affect me or any of my family members, but I talk to so many people that are affected by this disease. I am a CNA at a local nursing home, and many of my residents are affected by this.  It does touch me in a personal way.”  

The philanthropy has been very successful in the past, and the sorority is looking forward to a very successful even this coming Thursday.

The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority is also encouraging their upcoming philanthropies.  “In the fall we hold a rock concert called "Rocking for a Cure" to also help raise money for arthritis. We will be out in the community helping people as much as we can. AOIIs are continuously searching for ways to help our community in any way we can,” said Reimers.

"I do what I can to get people to donate, or to sign up, but that's all I can do. I can't take the place of a team. The teams and our supporters are the reason we are able to do this.  The event has shown growth every year and Alpha Omicron Pi is hoping to see their biggest year yet.

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