University of Oregon’s Delta Delta Delta sorority announced last month that it raised $42,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital with several philanthropy events throughout the school year.
Tri-Delta held three philanthropy causes over the course of the year to raise the money. During fall term the sorority hosted an all-you-can-eat desert sale, Delta Deserts, at the Tri-Delta house; for winter term they conducted a letter writing campaign in which members of the sorority collectively wrote over 4,200 letters to friends, family and alumni asking for donations to St. Jude’s; and to top it off in spring term Tri-Delta held its first annual spring carnival along with fraternities Phi Gamma Delta and Chi Psi on April 27. The carnival included food, a dunk tank, a bounce house and a silent auction.
According to Tri-Delta President Alexis Drakatos, Tri-Delta’s fundraising goal for this year was $40,000, and they have even higher aspirations for next year.
“Next year we’ll make our goal even higher — just to try and raise the bar,” Drakatos said. “I think it just shows how much we really do care about St. Jude, and we really do want to support them.”
Tri-Delta has been donating to St. Jude’s nationally since 1999. In 2010, national Tri-Delta set a fundraising goal of 15 million dollars to be attained within a five-year period. Three years in, the sorority is at 11.2 million nationally. Each Tri-Delta chapter across the nation conducts their own philanthropy fundraisers to try to meet this goal collectively.
According to Drakatos, other fraternities and sororities on campus played a strong role in contributing to Tri-Delta’s fundraising efforts.
“I think it really shows how active all the chapters are,” Drakatos said of the fundraiser. “I know that we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of other chapters.”