Shippensburg University’s chapter of Kappa Sigma showed its commitment to military and veteran organizations with two fundraisers in 2020.

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, self-noted as a the “largest college fraternity in the world”, focuses their national fundraising efforts across all chapters on the needs of military and military families with their Military Hero’s Campaign.

Senior ROTC member and Kappa Sigma president, Jack Dougherty, organized the 41st Annual Shippensburg University Military Science 10K or 5K Run to raise money for the Boulder Crest Foundation – a veteran-led program supporting combat veterans, first responders, and their families suffering from PTSD.

The fraternity sponsored the event, which was creatively run virtually in light of COVID-19, and Kappa Sigma alumni donated $250 to the race. Dougherty said the race also received support from an external organization in the Shippensburg community.

On behalf of Kappa Sigma, Dougherty appreciates all those who made the Military 5K race possible. “Having separate groups and organizations supporting others and tying in alumni showed the constant support system and care for achievement Shippensburg University instills in its students.”

Kappa Sigma’s other fundraiser is an ongoing effort called Catch-a-Lift, which helps thousands of post 9/11 combat wounded veterans regain their strength mentally and physically through gym memberships, in-home gym equipment, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and a peer support network.

Catch-a-Lift was a workout fundraiser, meaning individuals could either donate to the cause or sign up for the workout challenge and receive a t-shirt.

Dougherty expressed, “this is something my fraternity and myself really want to do, seeing as our main philanthropy group is Military Heroes.” He said they are in the process of sponsoring local veterans with gym memberships as well.

Kappa Sigma makes Ship proud through their dedication to serve veterans and provide support to military families.