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FSC’s ZTA chapter serves Lakeland community

The Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at the Florida Southern partnered with the American Cancer Society and the Lakeland Flying Tigers for its annual full-chapter service event last Sunday.

After participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Friday evening, ZTA members worked alongside community volunteers to prepare for the game, which placed the Lakeland Tigers against Charlotte.

“We were so excited to have the opportunity to work with Tigers and ACS,” ZTA service chair Carly Overton said. “It’s great to have a service event that sisters are really excited and passionate about.”

Each year, every ZTA chapter holds a full-service service event for its members to come together to better their communities. This year, FSC’s Delta Beta chapter decided to coordinate with the ACS for its service event, as they serve as one of ZTA’s three national philanthropic partners.

ZTA members Bella Arango and Jessie Cohen passed out purple ponchos to game attendees.

“We spent the morning from 8 a.m. until shortly before noon helping with the raffles and handed out purple ponchos at all of the gates as people entered the stadium,” ZTA member Andi Eways said.  “The ACS wanted everyone to wear the ponchos so they’d look uniform when building the cancer ribbon on the field.”

The game marked a historic event for the American Cancer Society as they sought to break a Guinness World Record by creating the largest human cancer ribbon in history.

“Unfortunately, due to the thunderstorms and bad weather, the turnout at the game was much lower than we had expected,” Eways said.  “The stadium had sold over 5,000 tickets to the game, but only around 1,000 people actually showed up.”

ZTA sisters after a long but rewarding day of service at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Although the ACS was unable to beat the world record, the event was memorable and meaningful for all who attended as they recognized the importance of raising awareness for cancer.

After spending the morning volunteering, the members of ZTA were invited to stay and watch the afternoon game.  Every member of the Delta Beta chapter of ZTA is required to accumulate six service hours in the community each semester in addition to participating in the full chapter service event.

“Even though we didn’t beat the world record, everyone had fun getting out there on the field and participating in the event,” Overton said.  “After working with the ACS for the ‘Making Strides’ breast cancer walk in October, it was great to have the opportunity to work with them again before the end of the year.”

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