Sigma Kappa, Delta Sigma Phi raise close to $2,000 for Hunter’s Heroes


The Appalachian Online

Nicole Caporaso

Sigma Kappa and Delta Sigma Phi joined forces Friday afternoon to raise money for Hunter’s Heroes, a group that raises scholarship money for children that have lost a parent in the military or public safety.

The event, held on Sanford Mall, had cornhole, food, beverages, music, games and other activities available for those in attendance. Sam Murray, president of Delta Sigma Phi, said more than 300 tickets were printed for the event, which were sold at $5 per ticket.

Paige Marley, president of Sigma Kappa, said the event raised almost $2,000 for Hunter’s Heroes.

“I hope to raise awareness about this incredible organization,” Marley said. “It is always a blessing to be able to give back to the greater Boone community, which is so deeply connected with the students here at Appalachian State.”

Tickets were sold at the event for walk-ins as well as in the Plemmons Student Union and on Sanford Mall during the week prior to the event.

Murray said the main goal of the event was to raise as much money as possible, but that one of his personal goals was to bring the campus together.

“Greek life is a relatively small percentage of campus at around 1,600 students in spring 2014, and that limits us, but together, as a campus community, we can move mountains,” he said.

Emily Greer, co-founder of Hunter’s Heroes, said the group started in 2013 beginning with a scholarship for Hunter Mast, son of Deputy Sheriff William Mast, who was killed while on duty in 2012.

Greer is a first cousin of Paige Mast, wife of William Mast.

“Our biggest event each year is the memorial run we hold,” Greer said.

This year’s second annual Hunter’s Heroes run was held on June 7 and began at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

Participants had the option of running a 5K or doing 10 miles.

The proceeds raised in 2014 go to the son of Maj. Ryan Scott David. David passed away fighting fires with the National Guard Air Division on MAFFS 7, according to

Story: Nicole Caporaso, News Reporter