Macomb, Ill. — Competition between Western Illinois University’s five traditional sororities is in full swing this week (Oct. 24-28) to raise funds for Huntsman Cancer Institute and for Sigma Chi Foundation’s scholarship and leadership programs.

Western’s Iota Omicron chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity hosts the annual charity fundraiser, known as Derby Days. The WIU chapter will donate 90 percent of the funds raised to the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, a cancer care and research center, and 10 percent to the national Sigma Chi Foundation.

Today, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 24-26, the sororities are competing in a mural drawing contest, volleyball and community service – all oriented toward raising funds and awareness. Sororities include Alpha Sigma Tau, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma and Sigma Sigma Sigma.

The University and Macomb communities are invited to Sigma Chi, 611 W. Adams Street, (the fourth house east of North Clay Street after Sarge’s Bookstore) from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 for an open house, and information about the organization’s mission, programs and goals, followed by the opportunity to judge food prepared by each sorority. There is limited parking behind the Sigma Chi house, off of West Chandler Street, and Go West (Route 1, Purple) bus stops at Lincoln and Washington halls, a short walk to the house.

The week concludes with the 5 p.m. Friday Derby Darling event in the University Union Lamoine Room. One member from each sorority competes in the pageant that focuses on contributions to the campus, Macomb and Greek communities.

Comedian Tyler Fowler also will entertain. Admission to the event, which is open to the public, is $5 at the door or $3 in advance.

Sigma Chi has been hosting Derby Days at Western since it was first chartered in 1989; the international fraternity has been holding the event on campuses in the U.S. and Canada since 1933.

Individual donations to Derby Days may be made in the University Union Concourse from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, (Oct. 27) or at any Derby Days event.

For more information, contact Derby Days Chair William Steele at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to

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