Each year one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The Gamma Beta Chapter at Washington College tries to combat this statistic by hosting a variety of events throughout the year aimed at raising awareness and education about this devastating disease.
Breast Cancer Awareness and Education
Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.
Throughout the year ZTA works extra hard to spread the word about our philanthropy to the community. Every year ZTA holds our annual “Big Man on Campus” event to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. The event is an all male beauty pageant where the contestants participate in an opening dance, runway walks, a talent contest, and a question and answer session. The contestant who impresses the judges the most wins the title of Big Man on Campus! Last year’s Big Man was so successful that we raised $1,381 at our event! The theme was: “It will be a tough ride but we can cure it!”and everything was rodeo-related including the contestants’ opening dance together. This year, we had 15 contestants, and we crowned three winners: Most Talented, Crowd Favorite, and Big Man on Campus.
Every year ZTA holds an annual Yogurt Eating Contest.Last year, the First Lady of the college won, and this year, one of our Big Man on Campus contestants took the prize. Over 20 people participated, all for the effort to save lids for the “Save Lids to Save Lives” Campaign. Also throughout the year ZTA gives out free yogurt and collects the lids in exchange for donations that save lives.
During “October’s Breast Cancer Awareness” month, Zeta Tau Alpha “Pinks Out” the Washington College Campus. The sisters of ZTA place ribbons on trees and buildings around campus, distribute information pamphlets to other students and professors, and encourage the Washington College community to wear their pink ribbons!
In the past the chapter participated in the Chestertown Halloween parade where we handed out candy to children and pink ribbons to everyone at the parade. In addition every weekend in October sisters set up a booth in the Chestertown Farmer’s market to hand out free educational materials to the community. the chapter also attends Race for the Cure to support all those who have been affected by Breast Cancer.