This year, the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi will be hosting their 5th annual Spaghetti for Scleroderma event. The pasta dinner will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at 5:30pm in Bello. The spaghetti dinner will feature food catered by Terraza, and the majority of the proceeds from ticket sales and raffle contests will go to supporting the Scleroderma Foundation. This year’s raffle prizes include a Keurig, a signed Red Sox Poster, a Brahmin bag, and much more!

You may be asking yourself, what is Scleroderma? It is an extremely rare disease that means “hardening of the skin” in Greek. Those who suffer from the autoimmune disease experience skin hardening as well as joint pain and muscle weakness among other symptoms. (http://www.scleroderma.org/site/PageServer#.WoM0wa6nG70)

Alpha Omicron Pi puts on this event every year in memory of Wendy Frasier, the mother of AOII founding member Victoria Frasier, who passed away from Scleroderma. The event was started when Victoria was still a student here at Bryant, and the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi continue to support this cause today. This year Danielle Sturgeon, VP of Philanthropy for AOII, is in charge

of planning the event. It is something that she is quite passionate about. “Planning this event is such an honor,” says Danielle. “Spaghetti is an event that is very near to our hearts in AOII here at Bryant, and the Scleroderma Foundation is not a commonly known philanthropy. It means a lot that I can help to put on an event that makes such a difference for people living with this horrible disease.”

Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for friends and family and can be purchased at https://aoiibetaupsilon.ticketleap.com/spaghetti-for-scleroderma/ . If you are unable to attend the event but are still interested in donating you can visit https://givebutter.com/I71IKb/join or contact Danielle Sturgeon at dsturgeon@bryant.edu.

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