Derby Days 2012
The brothers of Gamma Upsilon are proud to host our 55th annual fund-raiser to benefit the Catch-A-Dream foundation. The Gamma Upsilon chapter of Sigma Chi is the single largest donor to Catch-A-Dream each year with over $60,000 donated per year.
Derby Days is a long-standing tradition of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, with its general fraternity roots dating back to the 1930s. Derby Days here at Mississippi State is a week-long program filled with events ranging from friendly competitions among sororities, fraternities, and other campus groups to concerts, performances, cook-outs, and more. Every year we look for new ways to improve Derby Days to get as many people involved in this life-changing event as possible.
Shortly after Derby Days 2012 concluded, Derby Daddy Austin Lane received this heart-felt memo from Catch-A-Dream volunteer, Taylor Bufkin:
Once again I want to thank you for doing this. You honestly don't know how much it means to these kids. From experience I can say that it means a whole lot for you to know that people all over the world really care about you and can treat you as if nothing is wrong. I can't even express how I feel about CAD and the people that raise money to send other children on a trip to get their minds off of sickness. I must say it was pretty odd for me to be a volunteer this weekend, I have always been the spokesperson every since I went on my trip but I feel that its time to give back. This weekend was also a little hard on me, Jess has defeated the same cancer that my best friend from CAD passed away from a few months ago. I tried to keep my composure but it didn't work as well as planned. I could tell that Jess and Allan were very appreciative and a bit overwhelmed but I know that they loved every second of it. I hope that the future Derby Daddy's will be as dedicated and driven as you have been this weekend (I'm sure longer than that to get prepared). Just know that you are appreciated more than we can express. We will all always remember you and what you have done for us/CAD. I love you, your family now (:
We would like to say Thank You to all of our 2012 sponsors.