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Greek This Week: Tri-Deltas travel to Memphis

3 February 2013 By Alexandra Salas, Columnist No Comments

Newly-elected Delta Delta Delta, Epsilon Lambda Chapter President Mary Sysyn and philanthropy chair Abby Snyder recently flew to Memphis, Tenn. to attend Tri Delta’s St. Jude Leadership Weekend 2013, a three-day conference held from Jan. 25-27.

A St. Jude representative provided Snyder with the opportunity to attend this conference. Sysyn was also able to attend because the Towson University chapter raised over $10,000 last year for their philanthropy. In total last year, Tri Delta raised over $21,000, according to Sysyn.

She said they were the top fundraising chapter in TU Greek Life as of 2012.

The conference had more than 230 collegiate members and 25 alumnae from across the country, according to Tridelta.org’s news page. They learned how to plan better events and listened to special speakers.

The girls also were able to visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the second day of the conference.

On the way there, Sysyn said she and Snyder had a layover, and met 15 sisters from other schools at the airport. Towson’s sisters had the opportunity to meet other Tri Deltas before they even got to the conference, allowing them to see which ways the chapters were different and similar.

The national chapter of Tri Delta has raised more than $21 million for the kids at St. Jude since their partnership in 1999. Towson’s chapter raised a hefty amount last year – this money came from events such as Delta Desserts, an all you can eat dessert event that the sorority holds every fall.

The sorority paired up with Tau Kappa Epsilon, whose philanthropy is also St. Jude for “Sincerely Yours.”

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to “advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment, according to stjude.org. The sorority and fraternity wrote passionate letters to their family members asking them to donate to children’s cancer research.

During their time in Memphis, Sysyn and Snyder toured the hospital, and were able to meet and greet with the kids.

Sysyn said that she loved hearing their stories and that it showed how much they all love St. Jude.

Tri Delta’s next national goal is to raise $15 million in five years. The members have currently raised more than $9.7 million in three years.

“Being able to go and actually see St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was a life-changing experience. The patients at St. Jude are some of the most happiest and beautiful kids I have ever seen,” Sysyn said.

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