• Anna Heidel

Philanthropy Event: Carnation Sale

Earlier this month, our chapter put on our first philanthropy event of the spring semester. During the first week of February, carnations were sold to our chapter members, other Panhellenic and IFC chapter members, and even friends and family. The money raised was donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation.

In 1979, Alpha Delta Pi partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, whose mission is to support families with sick children by providing the medical care and resources they need. Most notably, RMHC offers the families a comfortable, temporary place to stay close to the medical facility while the child receives treatment. Pre-covid times, our sisters frequently volunteered at our local Ronald McDonald House and even hosted an event called The Lion Challenge.

In 1983, the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation was founded. This organization provides essential resources for education, leadership, and philanthropic activities, which improve the lives of women and the communities we serve. The foundation also offers scholarships and grants to members.

“I believe philanthropy to be such an integral part of our sisterhood,” says our Director of Philanthropy, Casey Beetle. “It gives us a reason to work together for the benefit of something bigger than ourselves.” Due to these uncertain times, Casey has had to think outside of the box and put in countless hours to create covid-friendly fundraisers.

Between pre-ordering carnations, scheduling sale and distribution times, and ensuring all of the necessary paperwork was complete, Casey and her team were able to put on a successful fundraiser. With carnations sold at one for $2, three for $5, and six for $10, our chapter was able to collect roughly $1,000!

Not only did we reach our goal, but we put a smile on 550 people’s faces after they received carnations. When asked for her most memorable moment from this event, Casey says when our previous house mom and finance advisor both purchased carnations for the entire kitchen and cleaning staff. She describes the looks on their faces “priceless” after delivering the carnations to them.

“It was so fulfilling to be able to extend such a small token of gratitude to all of the individuals who do so much for our chapter on a daily basis,” says Casey.

Perhaps the best part of the event was distribution day, as everyone was so excited to pick up their carnations and surprise their friends.

“This demonstrated how we not only raised money for our philanthropy but helped to spread a little covid-friendly kindness around our campus during the process as well,” says Casey. “I want to extend a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart to all of the support we received from family members, friends, sisters, and even chapter advisors who contributed to our fundraiser by purchasing carnations!”