Flipping pancakes and late night crafts are staples of Tri Delta fundraising, but this year, the chapter reached new heights in its support of children’s cancer initiatives. Centre College’s Beta Phi Chapter of Delta Delta Delta has been named the 2016-17 Chapter of the Year by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The award honors the most well-rounded chapter, including creative events and outstanding new member education, in the division for smaller schools. In addition to this national recognition, the chapter earned two major awards at Centre’s 2017 Greek Awards: Outstanding Philanthropy Program and Chapter of Excellence.
“This award will be a great inspiration for our chapter to continue the legacy of giving that we have created, and we’re already looking forward to our next philanthropic year,” outgoing philanthropy chair Hannah Hardy ’19 said.
This kind of forward thinking is especially important considering the ambitious goals of the chapter and its international organization. In 2014, Tri Delta pledged to raise $60 million in 10 years—the largest single pledge ever by a St. Jude partner. To honor this commitment, the hospital named its short-term housing facility Tri Delta Place.
For its part in this remarkable effort, Beta Phi maintained trademark events and engineered new ones. From a silent auction to a late night pancake buffet, the chapter has a history of philanthropic success. This impressive group didn’t just stop with old traditions, though. The chapter pushed itself toward innovation by throwing the first annual Battle of the DDDJs.
Part sisterhood event, part philanthropic effort, and mainly a fun Friday night, the event was a competition between five fraternities’ DJs, with attendees voting for their favorite through monetary donations. In total, Beta Phi raised $40,200 for the 2016-17 school year.
Still, the chapter’s dedicated work at Centre contributes to a much larger achievement. The Tri Delta sorority is proud to have raised more money than any other sorority or fraternity in the world, accounting for more than 25 percent of philanthropic dollars raised by all Greek life combined.
Beyond the dollar amount, these women simply work to alleviate the burden of families with sick children. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is at the heart of the chapter, and its designation as Chapter of the Year validates years of hard work by its members.
by Sarah Nisbet ’18
July 26, 2017