Sigma Epsilon responds to local needs in community

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Brittany Fitzpatrick, junior at Cassville High School, looks for a prom dress. Sigma Epsilon hosts Project Prom to help Cassville junior and senior girls who need prom dresses. Jason Johnston/

Sorority hosts Project Prom, sponsors scholarship

The Sigma Epsilon sorority has been in the community for more than 20 years, said Megan Cox, co-president.

The area sorority used to be one of two local chapters in Beta Sigma Phi International, a national non-academic sorority.

"Our club broke away from the national organization, so that we could spend our dues on local needs and projects," Cox said. "We have around 20 members and our dues are $60 for the year. We meet once a month in a member's home and enjoy good food and company. We also discuss upcoming projects, needs and activities."

Tau Eta was the other chapter, and it turned into Angels Anonymous about four years ago.

For several years, Sigma Epsilon has sponsored a senior girl at Cassville High School, Cox said.

"We pick a senior who will need help with senior expenses and take care of those for her," she said. "We also sponsor a senior Scholarship that is awarded in May of each year."

Sigma Epsilon also hosts Project Prom each year.

The sorority helps junior and senior girls at Cassville High who need prom dresses, Cox said.

"We have been fortunate to have people donate dresses and several sorority members have bought dresses to help fill our racks," she said.

On Feb. 24, the sorority members set up dress racks at Cassville High. They also set aside an area for shoes. On Feb. 25, the students picked out what they wanted.

Brittany Fitzpatrick, junior at Cassville High, said she thought it was a nice deal that the sorority had at the school.

"I think it's nice to bring in dresses for people who can't afford prom dresses or don't have the time to look for a dress," Fitzpatrick said.

When she was searching for prom dresses on her own, she said some of them were $200--$400.

The past two years, Cox said Sigma Epsilon has had a sweet tea booth at the annual Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Chili and Salsa Cook-Off.

"We also have breakfast with Santa each December," she said.

Before the Cassville Wildcats football team's first home game, the sorority organizes a tailgating event with their family.

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