On Nov. 5, Auburn Tri Delta hosted its annual fall philanthropy event. DHOP, or Delta House of Pancakes is an all-you-care-to-eat pancake dinner benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is Tri Delta's national philanthropic partner.
Tri Delta began its national partnership with St. Jude in 1999. That first year 15 chapters nationwide raised $44,000 for children of St. Jude. To date, Tri Delta collegiate and alumnae members have raised more than $30 million for the cause. In July, Tri Delta announced its new fundraising goal of raising $60 million in 10 yeas to name the on-campus, short-term housing facility Tri Delta. This is the largest single commitment by a St. Jude parter, naming Tri Delta St. Jude's fraternity partner of the year.
“The generosity and support Tri Delta has provided to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is simply remarkable,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude. “We are incredibly grateful to these inspiring women who continue to raise funds and awareness for the St. Jude mission.”
Fundraising efforts like local chapter events are part of the way collegiate members raise money for St. Jude.
Avery Evans is a sophomore at Auburn and one of Phi Theta's 2014 philanthropy chairmen. She says that having DHOP is more than just raising money; it's about working toward saving lives and finding cures.
"Tri Delta's partnership with St. Jude is an incredible opportunity because I am able to take part in something much bigger than myself," Evans said. "I will forever be changed because of the selfless and caring hearts I have seen through our partnership with St. Jude."
The Phi Theta chapter at Auburn University has found success with DHOP as one of the ways to raise funds for the hospital. For a $5 entry fee, participants receive unlimited pancakes and juice, with a new addition of bacon this year! The event included a visit from Aubie, a pancake eating contest with a $250 winning prize and a live performance by The Roof Runners, a local band that find their roots in folk, bluegrass, rock and jazz.
All of the proceeds from the event are donated to St. Jude. In the past two years, the Phi Theta chapter has raised more than $145,000 for the hospital, which earned them the Most Outstanding Philanthropy at Tri Delta's national convention this past summer.
"I think the student body is absolutely critical to the success of DHOP," Evans said. "Not only does their attendance allow us to support St Jude, but their enthusiasm and excitement for the event gives a lot of encouragement to the sisters of Tri Delta. It makes us so happy to know that we can support St. Jude and successfully serve our peers at the same time."
The student body definitely showed up to support Tri Delta's cause. The success of just one philanthropy event means St. Jude has more means for research and treatment. Tri Delta's hope is that one day the dream of St. Jude Founder Danny Thomas becomes reality. That "no child should die in the dawn of life."
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