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Each year, the Gamma Delta Sigma sorority at Lycoming College hosts the Brandy Sudol Auction to honor the life a sister who passed away from Hodgkin's disease in February 1990.
The auction, held during the College's Family Weekend, raises funds to support a $1,000 scholarship for an anonymous Lycoming student in the pre-health track. Sudol, a native of Danville, Pa., studied nursing.
This year was the 19th Brandy Sudol Auction and one of the most successful in the history of the event. Emily Davies chairperson for the auction, and the sisters of Gamma Delta Sigma were able to raise more than $1,700. The first $1,000 was reserved for the scholarship, with the sisters donating the remainder to the Alzheimer's Association.
"The Brandy Sudol Auction is a great way for our sorority to get together and raise money for a terrific cause while at the same time remembering a past sister," says Kaitlin Isennock, president of Gamma Delta Sigma. "Although we never met Brandy, we feel a bond with her story and the love past sisters felt for her. We feel privileged to carry out this love each year and to continue the tradition of honoring Brandy."
Dr. Howard Berthold, professor of psychology, taught Sudol while she was a student at Lycoming. Each year, he serves as the head auctioneer and shares memories of her. This year also featured guest auctioneer Dr. Steven Johnson, associate professor and chair of the religion department.
Sudol's mother, Maryanna Maloy, comes to the auction each year to give her support. "We think it is truly amazing that Mrs. Maloy returns to Lycoming to remember her daughter and her time in Gamma Delta Sigma," says Isennock.
The auction is open to the public and consists of themed baskets such as movie-night, candles and relaxation, and grilling and cooking. Other prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses, are also raffled at the event.