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The Hope Ball: A Lavender Tie Affair

On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Chi Phi fraternity will team up with Colleges Against Cancer to host its fifth Annual Charity Ball. All proceeds from the “Hope Ball: A Lavender Tie Affair” will benefit Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ third Annual Relay for Life.

“Not only within our Brotherhood, but across campus and around the world, everyone can identify a friend or family member who they know who has suffered from cancer,” says Ryan Conley ’10, a Chi Phi brother.  This year HWS’ Relay for Life has been challenged to raise $50,000 and, along with his brothers, Conley is excited and hopeful that with the combination of money raised through the Charity Ball and other events, the campus will collectively be able to reach the $50,000 goal.

The Hope Ball will be kicked off by Run Alex Run, which is presented by HWS Live, in the Vandervort Room at 9 p.m.; a guest DJ will continue to play great music throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale in the College Store and in the Scandling Campus Center. Tickets purchased before the event cost $10 per person or $15 per couple and those sold at the door will cost $15 per person. All guests who arrive in the first two hours will receive a complimentary photo on the purple carpet.

The Chi Phi Fraternity Charity Ball began in 2006 and has benefited a different cause each year. By hosting the event, they are able to as a fraternity gather around one common cause and work hard to not only promote awareness of the ‘theme,’ but also encourage the campus to join them in raising awareness while hosting a fun event, says Conley.

Relay for Life is an overnight, 12-hour fundraiser where students form teams and take turns walking around the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ third Annual Relay for Life event will begin on Satuday, April 10 at 6 p.m. and last until Sunday, April 11 at 6 a.m. For more information about the event, visit