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WWU sorority seesaws for charity

April 22, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated April 22, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.
Delta Gamma members Brandon Hofherr and Erin Kennedy seesaw while fellow sisters Allie Malone and Meghan Greenwalt collect donations for Seesaw for Sight. The sorority raises donations for visually impaired people every year by seesawing in front of the courthouse.

People in downtown Fulton Friday and Saturday morning were treated to a strange, yet incredibly familiar, sight. The women of William Woods University's chapter of Delta Gamma tottered back to the courthouse lawn for their annual 24-hour "See-Saw For Sight" event.

The sorority took to the front of the courthouse at 8 a.m. Friday, where the women took two-and-a-half hour shifts switching between gathering donations from the street and teetering and tottering until 8 the next morning.

"We always had (a seesaw) in front of the house," said Brandon Hofherr, who had an early shift on the seesaw on the drizzly Friday morning. "We could use this for philanthropy and have fun. It's not like a car wash."

Throughout the course of the event, Delta Gamma kept a table out with a bucket for donations from passersby, drawn in by the unusual sight. Delta Gamma member and WWU senior Gentry Pickett said that in years past, the sorority has raised anywhere between $500-$1500 for sight-related charities in the area.

"From the beginning, the Delta Gamma Foundation has always chosen to help the visually impaired. It's not specifically someone who is completely blind, we're raising money for anyone who has glasses or cataracts."

To help the tornado-stricken people of Dumas and surroundings, donations can be made to the Delta Area Disaster Relief Fund, care of the Delta Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 894, Dumas, AR, 71639, or through the Arkansas Community Foundation, 700 S. Rock St., Little Rock, AR, 72202.

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