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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese for Big Brothers Big Sisters

There are not many college students who are willing to wake up at 7:00AM on a Friday before class to cook breakfast for the rest of campus. But SigEps are different. Since, 2014 NY Delta has been cooking and selling Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast sandwiches outside of Russell Sage Dining Hall to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), SigEp's national philanthropic partner.
Since inception, the chapter has exceeded all expectations in this philanthropic effort:

Total BBBS Donations: $18,109
Total Sandwiches Sold: 13,670
Record Sandwiches Sold in 1 day: 382
Record Donation in 1 day: $518

 Dom Prudente '19 (left), Charity Kaye (center), and Jason Yang '21 work the grill on an early Friday morning.

Dom Prudente '19 (left), Charity Kaye (center), and Jason Yang '21 work the grill on an early Friday morning.

 The 8-burner grill in use to provide thousands of sandwiches to the Rensselaer community.

The 8-burner grill in use to provide thousands of sandwiches to the Rensselaer community.

The event kicked off in October 2014 as a team of eight brothers lugged enough food and cooking equipment to prepare 60 sandwiches on campus. By 9:30, the chapter had exhausted its inventory and had to close for the day. Over the next four weeks, the sales continued to double. Now, over $18,000 has been raised for BBBS. One of the greatest successes in expanding their sales has been offering office delivery to the various departments on campus. Faculty and staff can place an order online up until Thursday night, and have sandwiches delivered right to their desk at their specified time Friday morning. The sales have continued as the fundraiser continues to be successful. Over the years, the chapter has invested in new equipment, and continues to grow the program.

Donations are made each semester to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and help provide the organization with funding to create the Big - Little matches that many children in the region desperately need. Big Brothers Big Sisters sends their praise to the chapter:

 
There are no words to express our gratitude for your amazing efforts with this fundraiser. Your creativity in putting this fundraiser together alone is inspiring, let alone your hard work and success in making it a truly exceptional fundraiser.
— Anne Morrill, Associate Director of Development, Big Brothers Big Sisters
 
 
These young men did something very special for our agency and kids this year. They warmed our hearts and reminded us of the absolute good in people. It all #StartedWithALittle and look at what they accomplished!
— Sabrina Houser, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters
 

Faculty and Staff at RPI also have expressed their admiration for the chapter's philanthropic effort:

 Brother Joe Noel '18 works the front end of the BEC operation, selling sandwiches to hungry customers.

Brother Joe Noel '18 works the front end of the BEC operation, selling sandwiches to hungry customers.

Congratulations everyone involved. It’s students like yourselves that make me proud to work for Rensselaer. Have a great break and keep up the good work!
— JoAnn Drost, Executive Assistant, Division of the Chief Information Officer
Awesome work! Wow! I know they are very grateful and thank you for all your time and work on this very worthwhile project.
— Nancy Beatty, Administrative Specialist, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
 

As alumni, we continue to be inspired by the continued success of the chapter with this worthy endeavor. The chapter plans to continue feeding the campus on Friday mornings with the best breakfast sandwiches made in upstate New York!

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