Tuesday, February 7, 2017

$131,132 for St. Jude!

During 2016, we worked so hard as a chapter to raise the money for St. Jude. In the end, we ended up being one of the top 5 Tri Delta fundraising chapters in the nation!! We are so honored and humbled, and we could not have done it without all of YOU! With your help, we raised $131,132!!!

To wrap up our fundraising year, we wanted to share with yall how we accomplished this incredible number as a chapter.

The 2016 year started out with our annual Sincerely Yours letter writing campaign. Members of Tri Delta were able to send letters and donation forms to their closest friends and families asking for donations and spreading the word about St. Jude. This event set a record breaking number for fundraising by raising $92,000, about $10,000 more than our chapter typically raises! This number made Sincerely Yours our most successful event of the year.
The Spring semester also included our chapter paring with Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for a "White Out Cancer" themed USC basketball game. This event was extremely special to both chapters because a sister to one of the Pike members was actually a patient at St. Jude during that time. The basketball game was paired with online fundraising that raised thousands for St. Jude. Members of Tri Delta and Pike decked out in all white attended the game itself against Tennessee.

At the start of the Fall semester, members of Alpha Lambda traveled down to Charleston, SC for the St. Jude Walk/Run To End Childhood Cancer. This was our chapter's first time participating in the event that will definitely become an annual tradition. Prior to the 5K, members of the chapter raised money through online efforts. Each member had a goal of $150, many of whom raised much more than that.

In November, some of our members got the opportunity to take a road trip to Memphis, Tennessee to visit St. Jude and see where all of our hard work goes. It is so incredible to see what a difference we are making in so many lives and to realize that people recognize the three deltas and all that we contribute to the hospital. We even got to meet Tony Thomas, the founder of St. Jude Danny Thomas's son, during our trip to the gift shop. What a treat for him to thank our chapter for our work!

Our 2016 year ended with our annual Game Day event. Members of the school and community were able to buy a ticket that included food, a live band, raffles, and of course the screening of the Florida vs USC game. It was a great way to bring the Columbia community together to support such a worthy cause.

With 2016 being our most successful fundraising year yet, we can't wait to see what the upcoming 2017 year brings as well. We are looking forward to kicking off our fundraising year with Sincerely Yours. Our goal is to raise $100,000!!!

Follow us at sctridelta on Instagram and Delta Delta Delta at University of South Carolina on Facebook to find out about more that we are doing and why we are so passionate about our philanthropy. We are extremely appreciative to all of those who have supported our efforts to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

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