Secret admirers are getting a helping hand this Valentine’s Day from the women of Sigma Kappa who will discreetly deliver “Sweet & Secret” Gourmet Flower lollipops to the secretly admired in order to raise money to combat Alzheimer’s Disease.
“It’s kind of like an anonymous secret friend, secret crush, secret Valentine thing,” explained Whitney Green, Sigma Kappa Memory Walk chair. “You write a message on the inside and then on the outside it just says where they live and their name. We deliver it, and they don’t know who it’s from.”
Members of Sigma Kappa have been busy taking orders last week and early this week in the Panhellenic Building and will be taking orders in Presidential Courtyard today and Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Secret admirers will be able to purchase the “Sweet & Secret” Gourmet Flower lollipops, attach an anonymous note and have the gift delivered anywhere on campus either Monday night or Tuesday morning.
“They kind of look like a flower. That’s why they’re called Gourmet Flower lollipops,” Green said, explaining that the gifts are actually three lollipops wrapped together. “The gourmet lollipops are different flavors, like cotton candy and those different ones you can get at movie theaters.”
“They are great little gifts,” she added. “Everyone will like them. Especially now, because exams are coming up, so they are good things.”
The Flower-Lollipop Valentine’s Day sale is part of Sigma Kappa’s continuing work to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, with most of the money going specifically to the Eastern Tennessee Chapter, which provides services and support to the more than 22,000 suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in this area.
“Last year we made $15,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association,” Green said, adding that Sigma Kappa was the first place team in last year’s annual Memory Walk, which has raised more than $200 million for the cause since 1989. “We mainly support Knox County. What [the money] goes to is research. We also make visits to assisted living homes around the area. Not only do we raise money, we walk the walk.”
Contrary to popular belief, “Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. “It is a devastating disorder of the brain’s nerve cells that impairs memory, thinking and behavior and leads, ultimately, to death. The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families and our health care system makes the disease one of our nation’s greatest medical, social and economic challenges.”
There are an estimated 4.5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the eighth leading cause of death, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. More information can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association homepage at http://www.alz.org, or from the Eastern Tennessee chapter at http://www.tnalz.org.