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February 7, 2014 — The University of Wyoming Theta Eta chapter of Delta Delta Delta raised more than $14,000 this past year to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The UW contribution helped the national chapter reach its $15 million St. Jude fundraising goal in three and a half years, well ahead of its five-year schedule.
“The women continue to be passionate about this cause and will host various events this spring to raise money for St. Jude,” says Tia Kalkowski of North Platte, Neb., a sophomore in speech pathology and Tri Delta’s philanthropy chairman. “We again will offer our annual 24-hour pancake breakfast next fall.”
Kalkowski was among more than 350 national Tri Delta members who attended the recent Tri Delta-St. Jude Leadership Weekend in Memphis, Tenn. She says the delegates learned about the hospital’s operations, attended educational sessions on fundraising best practices and celebrated the partnership with St. Jude.
The UW chapter, Kalkowski says, believes that giving back to the Laramie community, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is not only important, but is viewed as a responsibility.
“We are proud to give to these organizations, but also strive for unselfish leadership,” she says. “We engage in such activities because we love to do it. The women of Delta Delta Delta make it a goal not only to serve in these organizations, but to serve others as well.”
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 sorority’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.
Lauren Pickett of Centennial, Colo., a University of Wyoming senior in physiology, prepares pancakes for Delta Delta Delta’s annual 24-hour pancake breakfast. The UW chapter raised more than $14,000 this year to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital. (Delta Delta Delta)