Representing Tri Delta with a classy image and supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are two important aspects of our chapter; so, when the opportunity arose to enter into the 2011 Classy Awards, which recognizes organizations’ philanthropic work, it was obvious that we should participate.
The awards, which are held by the social fundraising platform for non-profit organizations StayClassy, include many different categories for charities, individuals, groups, and businesses. Ultimately the Epsilon Delta chapter made it to the Top 10 Most Influential College Student or College Organization for raising $50,000 for St. Jude in 2010 and 2011.
“Because of our small size [in comparison to other organizations], it was amazing to even be recognized,” said the chapter’s 2011 Vice President of Public Relations Caroline Vickerson. “It means the world to us that we made it as far as we did and to further promote such a great cause.”
Our chapter first learned about the Classy Awards when the Tri Delta Executive Office emailed our advisors and 2011 President Amanda O’Dell encouraging chapters to apply. O’Dell wrote a brief essay and uploaded our sisterhood video onto the website, while the rest of the chapter spread the word to friends, family, and local communities.
The first step was getting 100 “likes” for our page. Then we moved on to the next round where a group of judges chose the top 25 entries in each category. After being chosen by the judges, the public voted for their favorite story in each category to make up the Top 10. Although the judges chose Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon as the winner in our category, our chapter was surprised, excited, and proud to make it to the Top 10.
For the Epsilon Delta chapter, entering into the Classy Awards wasn’t just about winning. O’Dell had higher hopes when sharing our story with the philanthropic community.
“I was hoping that this would help get our name out there—not just our chapter, but Tri Delta as a whole—for people to see what great work our organization does for St. Jude,” O’Dell said. “I also thought it would be a great internal strengthening for our chapter—for sisters to be able to reflect on all of the great things we’ve accomplished and work together to spread the word.”
Our chapter raises the most money through our annual letter writing campaign because a large amount of donations are sent in. Epsilon Delta also raises money through DHOP which is a late-night all-you-can-eat pancake dinner. This year we hosted Dunkin Deltas, our first 5-on-5 basketball tournament, which raised $4,000 along with collecting 300 mailing addresses for letter writing in the spring. Money is also raised through a silent auction at the Parents’ Brunch and profit shares at local restaurants.
All the funds Tri Delta raises for St. Jude can be seen throughout the Patient Care Floor in the hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee.