JMU sorority raises tens-of-thousands for charity

Published: Oct. 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM EDT
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A sorority at James Madison University raised tens-of-thousands of dollars ahead of a charity event Saturday, Oct. 21.

Since January, Sigma Kappa has collected more than $42,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Natalie Warnock, the philanthropy chair, said the fundraising effort has grown each year during her time at JMU.

"When I was a freshman, we were only raising a few thousand. Two years ago, we were only at around $17,000. Last year, we made up to $30,000," said Warnock. "I really didn't think we were going to pass that."

In addition to providing help to those touched by Alzheimer's in the community, Warnock said the fundraiser gave her sorority a chance to bond over a subject that hit close to home for some.

"So many of them have family members that are affected by Alzheimer's," said Warnock. "We're all there to support each other and we're all just working towards [the goal]. It means so much to all of us together."

Hundreds are expected to attend Saturday's walk at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, according to the Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Chapter.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., following an opening ceremony.