HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 17, 2016 – Hoffman Amphitheater on the High Point University campus turned pink recently as a crowd of men and women sporting pink ribbons gathered to honor those who have won or lost their battle with breast cancer, as well as those who are currently fighting.
Seeds of Hope, an annual ceremony hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha, is part of the sorority’s Think Pink Week – a weeklong effort during the month of October to promote breast cancer research and awareness and early detection.
The event was open to the public and included a performance by the HPU Petal Points, a candle lighting and three speakers: Kelsey Assad, a member of ZTA; Alex Benson, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity; and Dr. Phillip Norwood, a religion and philosophy professor at HPU. Each speaker shared the story of their personal connection to breast cancer.
Caylee Henderson, president of ZTA, said that the event is always especially important to members of the sorority.
“This is an event that our entire chapter truly looks forward to as it is a very special ceremony to us,” Henderson said. “It’s an evening that we reserve to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor those who have been taken by breast cancer.
“During the hustle and bustle of planning and facilitating philanthropy events, we sometimes miss the opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture and understand the impact of what we’re doing. This ceremony is one event dedicated to just that, and it continues to warm my heart.”
ZTA’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness. The ZTA Foundation has established partnerships with national organizations including the NFL and American Cancer Society to raise awareness.