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Tri Delta piles up pancakes for DHOP 2017

October 26, 2017

 

Morgan Bernard

News Editor | mrb056@ latech.edu

 

Before the Louisiana Tech football game against Southern Miss, Tech fans had the chance to enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake dinner and donate to a cause during Tri Delta’s Delta House of Pancakes (DHOP). The sorority held the fundraiser Oct. 21 to raise money for their national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Caroline Fontenot, vice president of community relations for Tri Delta, said DHOP was mainly a fundraiser, but was also a way for people to start conversations about the cause.

 

“We wanted to share our passion for St. Jude,” she said. “If you ask any member here why they love St. Jude, every one of us has a different story. Everyone here has different connections with the organization, so it kind of brings us all together.”

 

Fontenot, a senior cyber engineering major, said having the event before the football game served as a major advantage in getting more people to come to their sorority’s event.

 

“We’ve been getting a lot of people who are on their way to tailgating,” she said. “A lot of families are in town this weekend, so I think it has helped out a lot. I’ve been really excited in seeing a lot of people here – not just family and friends of our members – but others from campus and the Ruston community.”

 

Lindsay Webbs, a freshman history major, said she enjoyed the friendliness of the hosts as well as the food.

 

“The pancakes are amazing, and the girls of Tri Delta did a really good job with this event,” she said. “I like that their members are mingling with the people here and getting to know more about them and how they support St. Jude.”

 

Webbs said she attended the event with her friends because the funding goes to a cause that holds a special place in her heart.

 

“One of my life-long friends went to St. Jude when we were younger, so seeing people give back to the hospital means a lot to me,” she said. “A lot of people have friends and family who have been in similar situations, so it always makes me happy to see the community supporting such an important organization.”

 

Emily Stewart, a sophomore secondary English education major and member of Tri Delta, said she thought people who attended the DHOP event enjoyed the pancake buffet and the sorority house’s atmosphere.

 

“It’s really cool to see the community of Ruston and Tech’s campus come to support us and this event,” she said. “I’ve put it on our members to talk to the people and let them know we appreciate them being here. We want our house to be a home to all these people that have shown us support.”

 

Stewart said their event had a great turn-out and also did well in fundraising for their philanthropic organization.

 

“I think it’s going really well for our first time around,” she said. “We raised around $1,200 or more for St. Jude, so that means a lot to us.”

 

Stewart said what she enjoyed most about the event was how much passion for St. Jude was shown by everyone who attended.

 

“I think St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is something almost everyone can get behind,” she said. “It’s not just because it is our sorority’s philanthropy, but it’s an incredible cause that everyone enjoys.”

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