$15 Million In 5 Years? Let’s Try $15 Million in 3.5 Years!


Tri Delta Fraternity reaches fundraising milestone: $15 Million in three and a half years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity officially announced the completion of its $15 million fundraising goal for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. The original campaign, which began in July 2010, was to raise $15 million in 5 years for the hospital. Tri Delta completed the goal a year and a half ahead of schedule.

The announcement came during the annual Tri Delta St. Jude Leadership Weekend in Memphis, Tenn., where more than 350 Tri Delta members were gathered to learn about the hospital’s operations, attend educational sessions on fundraising best practices and celebrate the Fraternity’s partnership with St. Jude.

The Phi Upsilon of Delta Delta Delta at Oklahoma State University raised $36,957 in the past year to support St. Jude.  The women serve their passion about this cause by hosting a philanthropy event called Delta House of Pancakes where they sell pancakes and Delta Delight Under An Oklahoma Night where they hire a band and invite people to come dance in the fall. In the spring, the women participate in letter writing to raise funds for this cause.

The partnership between Tri Delta and St. Jude has seen extreme growth over the past 15 years. Since officially naming St. Jude its philanthropic partner in 1999, Tri Delta has raised more than $27 million for the hospital. The Fraternity’s first $1 million endowment in 2002 provided a teen room for patients between the ages of 13 and 19. Then, in 2006, Tri Delta announced its campaign to raise $10 million in 10 years to name to the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor in the Chili’s Care Center. This goal was met in just four years. The $15 million campaign, completed in November 2013, was dedicated to naming the Specialty Clinic at the hospital.

“Tri Delta is an amazing partner that consistently outperforms its own ambitious fundraising goals to support the children and families of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The results are a reflection of how passionately and genuinely their members have embraced our lifesaving mission. We are fortunate to have Tri Delta as our partner and join them in celebrating their $15 million contribution to help St. Jude find cures and save children.”

Currently, Tri Delta and St. Jude leadership are discussing future naming opportunities, and Tri Delta will announce its next fundraising goal in July.


Why My Big Rocks: Samantha to Danielle

Bigs: Mentors, best friends, shoulders to cry on and so much more.

An interview with Samantha Sturtevant on her big, Danielle Farrar:

My big rocks because she is real. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, and I love that! She’s so funny, outgoing and is always there when I need her.”

My “love story” with my big actually started on Bid Day. She was one of the first people I met at the house. So when we went on a sponsor date and found out we had met earlier, we clicked right away especially while talking about our love of VH1 countdown shows. We only went on one sponsor date, but we both knew we had found our big/little pair.”

My big is always there for me no matter what. I can tell her anything, and she doesn’t judge. She was really there for me when I was going through a rough patch during spring semester. I was just done with school, people and just wanted to go home. But she calmed me down, talked me through it all, and made me feel a lot better and not so homesick. I will probably always be thankful for that moment.”




Littles, if you would like to brag on your big, message me on the Phi Upsilon Facebook page!


Spring Sing 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, we went for the gold & came out with it!

Expensive frappuccinos, names never spelt correctly, and a place everyone has to admit they have been to a few times – what is the first thing that comes to mind? The Phi Upsilon Tri Delta chapter performed in Spring Sing 2014 with the theme “Starbucks,” during Mom’s Day on April 5, 2014 with the men of Kappa Sigma.

Spring Sing’s theme this year was Roar, and all 11 pairings were required to incorporate a Katy Perry song into their show. The Phi Upsilon chapter won Outstanding Large Ensemble, Best Costumes, and First Place. The fearless directors were **Gamma Chi** (junior), Lisa Patrick (junior), Claire Patton (sophomore), and Elizabeth Gates (freshman).

The show stole laughs by mentioning complicated drink orders, baristas always spelling names incorrectly, and how Starbucks does not compare to local coffee shops. **Gamma Chi**, Claire Patton, Lindsey Sutton (senior), and Mary Mackin (sophomore) participated in either a duet or an ensemble, and Taylor Rogers (freshman) had a solo.

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Mom’s Day 2014

Tri Delta ladies love our moms!

Mom’s Day was April 5, and we had possibly our best Mom’s Day Celebration yet! At our celebration, we had a picture taking station, a silent auction, a painting spot outside in the luckily perfect weather and lots and lots of sweet treats! We also had wonderful Italian food catered in by Joseppi’s. We cannot thank our two Mom’s Day chairs, Ashton Lieberman and Kaleigh Mangrum, for putting on a successful Mom’s Day Celebration.

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Spring 2014 Big/Little Night

One of the best days of Panhellenic life: BIG/LITTLE NIGHT!

Sponsor dates, crafting, sparkles and T-shirts explain the outer appearance of preparing for Big/Little Night. Big/little pairing is so much more than that, though. Finding a big is finding a mentor. Finding a little is learning how to be a mentor. It’s always having someone to look up to. It’s always being able to depend on someone.

When you receive a big, you also receive a family. When pairing bigs and littles together, the family is also considered. It’s a work of art, and it’s a magical process. Snaps to all the Sponsor Chairs out there who pair the bigs and littles together. Panhellenic life would not be what it is today without big/little pairings.

For our spring 2014 Big/Little Night, the bigs were wrapped in wrapping paper where only their socks were exposed. Once the littles arrived at the house, they were given socks that they had to match to a sister wrapped in wrapping paper. It was quite a show watching the littles try to unwrap their big.

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