The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority hosted “Pink-nic,” an event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with activities and games, in the Residential Quad on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 3 – 7 pm.
Students were encouraged to attend and play sports such as volleyball, soccer, and Frisbee. In addition, there was also a “Shoot for a Cure” station in which participants would take a ping pong ball and shoot it into a bra cup. There was also a kissing booth station where students filled out a sheet of paper and cut out lips with someone’s name on it. It was then taped onto a large board in the shape of the large breast cancer ribbon. The finished ribbon will be hung up in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in the near future.
Hannah Najafi, freshman accounting major, attended the event and said, “I enjoyed ‘Pink-nic’ because it was all for a good cause. It was nice hearing of people’s stories and the difference it made in everyone’s lives.”
Najafi bought pink hair extensions and a pin that said, “I wear pink in honor of…” to honor her boyfriend’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The “Pink-nic” was coordinated by Erin Ally, Director of Philanthropy for ZTA. She, along with sorority sisters, were responsible for organizing the details of the event which included decorations and setting up each station.
ZTA’s Kappa Nu chapter sisters were responsible for the social networking aspect of the event, including posting pictures to their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account to advertise the event and spread the word to students and faculty.
Briana Aceti, senior and sister of ZTA, said, “I’m proud to be in ZTA because of the sisterhood bond we have between each other and because of all of the service we do for our community. Helping others has always been a passion of mine, and through this organization, we have been able to educate so many people throughout my four years here about breast cancer awareness.”
Alexis Aceti, junior and sister of ZTA, said, “My sorority and those in it are constantly broadening my outlook on life and teaching me new things about myself and life. They bring out the good in not only myself but everyone around them.”
According to B. Aceti there was a “decent” turnout at the event. She said, “We will always say we would hope to see more people next time, no matter how many people show up. We are constantly finding newer and better ways to raise awareness.”
Both sisters were pleased to affect the people who did show up by making them more aware of breast cancer.
While the donations were not necessary, the sisters did manage to raise approximately $40. All proceeds for the event will go to ZTA’s national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness. ZTA hopes to continue “Pink-nic” in the Residential Quad in the future.
PHOTO TAKEN by Nina Costa