While most fundraisers involving food would offer pizza, hamburgers or hot dogs, University of Wyoming’s Sigma Chi chapter prefers to offer an unorthodox alternative to the typical fare.
The fraternity’s annual Souper Cheesy Fundraiser, featuring all-you-care-to-eat grilled cheese and tomato soup, is more seasonably appropriate, said Thomas Suhr, Sigma Chi special events co-chairman.
“I just believe in using more hearty, home-cooked meals for fundraisers, rather than burgers or brats — those are kind of overused these days,” he said.
“Everybody needs a good hot bowl of tomato soup and a warm grilled cheese on a cold Sunday.”
Proceeds from Sigma Chi’s Souper Cheesy Fundraiser go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a cancer treatment and research center at the University of Utah.
“Huntsman Cancer Institute’s mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care,” according to the institute’s website.
Giving to cancer research is something that hits close to home for most people, Suhr said.
“It’s almost a guarantee that anybody in the world has been affected by cancer,” he said.
“So why not help those who you love, those who you know and those who have passed from cancer, while you still can, while you still have a chance?”
Suhr added coming to Sigma Chi’s fundraiser Sunday is the easiest — and tastiest — way to give.
“100 percent of proceeds actually go to Huntsman,” he said. “We keep zero.”
The turnout is generally strong, the food is always good and the cause is as important as ever, Suhr said.
“That’s why I keep doing it year after year and keep helping out,” he said.
Sigma Chi’s Souper Cheesy Fundraiser runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sigma Chi house, 1629 Fraternity Row.
The event is open to the public and entry is $5. Email Suhr at email@example.com for more information.