HIGH POINT, N.C., May 5, 2009 – The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at High Point University recently held a Rock-a-Thon philanthropic event with all proceeds going toward the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. The organization, which is searching for a cure, assists those affected by the disease and provides medical equipment to those in need.
Aicardi Syndrome is a genetic disorder that only affects girls. In the majority of cases, victims will undergo problems with seizures, mental retardation, confinement to a wheelchair and other system breakdowns. Often, girls with the disease do not live past their preteen years.
“Lambda Chi chose this as our philanthropy because an alum of the chapter has a daughter who suffers from the illness,” said Shane Piccolo, president of the fraternity. “She recently turned 11 and is not doing well. She was unable to make it to our event.”
The brothers spent 48 hours rocking in chairs outside regardless of the weather, which included heat and rain. Donations were raised through T-shirt sales, Frisbee sales and more. The chapter collected close to $2,000 dollars during the event.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336firstname.lastname@example.org