Miriam Remmers
staff writer

The ladies of Rose-Hulman’s Delta Delta Delta chapter hosted their annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon last Friday, May 3 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which provides crucial care to children suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases through both treatment and research into cures. Most importantly, the families whose children are treated at St. Jude are not required to pay for the medical care they receive, enabling them to give their children the highest quality care possible. Tri Delta has worked with St. Jude since 1999, when the sorority officially adopted the Memphis, Tennessee hospital as their philanthropy partner.
As a part of their philanthropy efforts, the Gamma Pi chapter of Tri Delta once again set up teeter totters in the Kroger parking lot on Highway 41 and began to raise money. Prior to the event, fraternities at Rose-Hulman and many others sources from within the community gave donations to the cause, giving the girls a running start to reaching their financial goal. Teeter-Totter-A-Thon was kicked off at 6 pm Friday night, as Tri Delta clapped and sang, garnering enthusiasm for the day-long event. During the 24 hours that the event lasts, girls took shifts on the teeter totters to ensure that they are never still, while others asked members of the community for donations on their way in or out of the grocery store. Many residents were willing to open their wallets for the children of St. Jude, and donation buckets continued to fill. Children and adults alike enjoyed the candy that the girls handed out to those who passed by, and one small boy was heard happily celebrating that the lollipops were “the big kind.”
The day was not without its challenges, for although Friday evening started out clear and sunny, a downpour soon began as night fell and continued throughout the remaining stretch, forcing participants to stay under the tent to stay dry. Some girls even came prepared with rain ponchos to wear, having anticipated the storm. Regardless of the rain, energy remained high, and the effort for St. Jude continued, pushing onward through the dark and rainy hours of the very early morning until fresh volunteers showed up, ready for their own four-hour shifts. Teeter-Totter-A-Thon came to a close at 6 pm on Saturday afternoon, as the final volunteers finished up their turns on the teeter totters and at the doors collecting donations. The event was a resounding success, and between the generous contributions from within the school, the community and the money collected at the Kroger door, Tri Delta was able to raise a grand total of over $2000 for St. Jude.

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