The annual Smoke Out Arthritis took place on the Theron Montgomery Building lawn on Thursday, October 8. The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi put on the event and raised $4,700 for the Arthritis Research Foundation. They sold barbecue plates, hosted a Corn Hole tournament and sold shirts to benefit the cause.
The event lasted from 5 to 8 p.m. and had live music for those attending.
The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi were working hard to keep up with the flow of people. They worked stations to take up tickets and money, as well as an assembly line to help guests with their plates. There were three different games of Corn Hole going on, and plenty of tables for people to enjoy the atmosphere at.
The Delta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi is made up of 90 sisters, and they host one philanthropy event per semester to go towards arthritis research.
The event is particularly special to the new members being welcomed into the sisterhood of Alpha Omicron Pi, because it will be their first event. “They are real pumped about it and ready to jump in and be helpful,” said Sally Davis a Junior at JSU and treasurer for Alpha Omicron Pi.
“This was my first event and I enjoyed seeing how many people came out to support our philanthropy. I loved being able to bond with my sisters and getting to see what kind of difference we make on campus,” said Taylor West, a Freshman at JSU and a new member of Alpha Omicron Pi.
The event is host to many students of Jacksonville State, as well as the surrounding community.
Dylan Jones, a Junior at JSU and the Vice President of Organizational Affairs, said “I came to support my friends in Alpha Omicron Pi, and their philanthropy because my family has been affected by it.”
In the spring, Alpha Omicron Pi will host another event to go towards the Arthritis Research Foundation. Last semester Alpha Omicron Pi put on their annual ‘Strike Out Arthritis’ in the spring and raised $5,000 for arthritis.
“Arthritis is such an important cause, because not many people know the facts about it. So many people think it is just the elderly, when truthfully there is more women and children affected by it than anyone else, and there is no known cure,” said Davis.
Alpha Omicron Pi has been having Smoke Out Arthritis for ten years, but the last time that the Delta Epsilon chapter hosted it was in 2013. The sisters were excited to bring back the event and felt that it was going well. “We are having a great turnout,” said Davis.
The tickets to get a plate for the event and to play in the Corn Hole tournament were $5 a piece, and the shirts were sold for $18 with all the proceeds going to the Arthritis Research Foundation.
“I think the event went very well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the barbecue and the entertainment,” said West.