Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority is taking steps to aid the fight against breast cancer in their 5th Annual Kappa Dash: Key for the Cure tomorrow.
The 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in Greek Park, which is located on the corner of Embarcadero del Norte and Segovia Road, Kappa Kappa Gamma Philanthropy Chair Kerrie Gates said. Registration starts at 10 a.m. in front of the sorority at 6525 Picasso Rd., and participants will receive a free T-shirt with their mandatory donation of $12. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Early Detection Program of Santa Barbara, Gates said.
“It is a really fun way to make a difference,” said Brooke Hawkins, public relations chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma. “It’s a great way to give back to the community.”
Participants will start at Greek Park and run around the lagoon and other parts of campus, eventually finishing back at the park, Gates said. After the approximately 30-minute run, there will be food and entertainment for participants and community members at the park, including a bounce house, DJ, live band and charity raffle. Gates said the sorority has received support from over 75 major sponsors such as Starbucks and Jamba Juice.
“We are really proud of involving more than just the Greek community in the Kappa Dash,” Hawkins said.
Gates said the Kappa Dash was very successful with its run last year, raising over $9,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Early Detection Program of Santa Barbara, which was previously known as the Cancer Detection Program. The money raised for the Early Detection Program saved the organization from having to close, Gates said.
Gates said members of Kappa Kappa Gamma have been preregistering participants in front of the UCen all week in hopes of surpassing last year’s record of 250 runners. All 115 members of the sorority have been working together to organize the event, from tabling and promoting the run to setting up on the day of the race. With the participation of sport teams and other Greek organizations in the Kappa Dash, Gates said the sorority hopes the Dash will be even more successful than last year’s run.