By Hanna Bernett
Our next feature is Gamma Sigma Sigma! As an organization centered around service, THON is a crucial event for the Gamma Sigma Sigma. The sisters of GSS are encouraged to attend FTK® fundraisers at downtown locations such as Playa Bowls and Noodles & Company. The sorority has also created some more outside the box fundraising efforts such as friendship auctions (in the pre-COVID era). Even with the added complications of COVID-19, the Organization has managed to be a strong supporter of THON. The sisters are regularly encouraged to post about DonorDrive, and the sorority is currently hosting a Pura Vida bracelet fundraiser. Amanda Walton, the overall THON Chair for GSS, stated that DonorDrive donation platform has been a huge help in a year where in-person fundraising is difficult.
In addition to fundraising efforts, Gamma Sigma Sigma has four dancers participating in THON Weekend 2021. Amanda Walton says, “I am dancing this year, and I am super excited! Dancing in THON is something that I have wanted to do since I came to Penn State, and I am incredibly grateful that I was given this experience. I am so excited to represent GSS and our Four Diamonds families and children (Molly, Bek, and Garret)!” Hannah Flanders added, “I’m most excited for getting to experience THON from a different perspective this year and for the Line Dance”.
The sorority is also very active outside of THON. Their service partners include Nittany Greyhounds, The Arboretum at Penn State, Abba Java, and The Village at Penn State. The group strives to emphasize providing sisters with friendship and bonding opportunities that also give back to the community. We can’t wait to see what GSS does next and we hope to continue seeing them at THON for many years!
If you’d like to support Gamma Sigma Sigma’s THON fundraising, click here!