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Dunk-A-Delta raises funds for flood relief

October 27, 2016

Starla Gaston

Staff Reporter | sjg021@latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech’s chapters of Delta Chi and Tri-Delta came together to support a common cause during the first Dunk-A-Delta event.

 

For one dollar, Tech students were given the opportunity to soak members of Delta Chi or Tri-Delta in a dunk booth. All proceeds from the event, which was held Oct. 19, went to flood relief efforts in south Louisiana.

 

Justin Western, a senior computer science major, said the idea for Dunk-A-Delta came from Delta Chi’s desire to reach out to flood victims as well as welcome Tech’s newest Panhellenic sorority to the school.

 

“We knew we wanted to do something with Tri-Delta to get them involved since they’re a new sorority on campus,” he said. “And we decided that with all the flooding that’s happened down south recently that we would raise awareness and get some help for those people.”

 

Western said he believed Tech students were attracted to the event because of the low cost and fun atmosphere.

 

“I feel like people are really interested in donating,” he said. “Plus it’s really cheap; it’s only a dollar, so it doesn’t cost a lot to help out. I think it’s been really positive. We’ve had a good turnout, and I’m really excited about it.”

 

Brittney Clark, a sophomore supply chain management major, said she believed the response to the fundraiser was so positive because of Tech students’ willingness to care for and help one another.

 

“Tech isn’t just a university,” she said. “It’s like a family and a support system for every student. I think that if one student knows somebody that has been affected, they’re more likely to come out and help.”

 

Western said though no definite fundraising goal was set, both organizations were determined to gain as much support as possible for the flood victims.

 

“Whatever we get is going straight to them,” he said. “Even if we only made five bucks, being out here is totally worth it.”

 

By the end of the event, $290 had been raised.

 

Johnna Hartzog, a senior graphic design major, said she personally appreciated the support from the Tech community because she was directly affected by the flooding.

 

“It means a lot to me because I’m from down South,” she said. “It’s definitely hitting home for me because I lost a lot during the flooding.”

 

Hartzog said getting students involved in flood relief efforts was especially important because it gave them a chance to support the state they live in and its residents.

 

“It’s good to get the students involved with the community in Louisiana,” she said. “I know a lot of my friends lost a lot in the flood. When someone donates money or helps them out, it makes them feel better. It makes them feel loved, and that’s why it’s so important.”

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