Delta Kappa hosts a variety of events for our national philanthropy, which is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. Our current philanthropy chair and chapter members work together to help make these annual events possible!
We launched our first Crown Casino event in the fall of 2016, and it went better than we could have imagined! Using real casino games made the event even more exciting, and our use of "Zeta Money" allowed us to raise money straight to our philanthropy. We had wonderful donations from various people and businesses that allowed us to have a great silent auction. We can't wait for the fall event again!
12-hour pancake breakfast
Each spring, Delta Kappa invites the LSU and Baton Rouge community to its annual 12-Hour Pancake Breakfast at the ZTA house. Zetas begin serving pancakes to hungry customers at midnight and don't stop until noon. Karaoke and trivia are set up for entertainment, and there are themed hours honoring our breast cancer survivors and service men and women.
In 2014, Delta Kappa raised $19,575 for the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, which funds breast cancer awareness and education pamphlets and activities for the community.
Saints "a crucial catch" game
Since ZTA is partnered with the NFL, Delta Kappa members join together with fellow ZTAs, in both collegiate and alumnae chapters, to pass out pink ribbons and information cards before and during the New Orleans Saints' "A Crucial Catch" game in October. Each year, tens of thousands of Saints fans receive critical breast cancer information and learn more about the disease because of ZTA's efforts.
This was our first year doing Making Strides with one of our national partners, the American Cancer Society. At Making Strides, we were in charge of running the survivors tent. It is so rewarding to work side by side with your sisters and see the difference you are making in other people's lives. Not only did we run the survivors tent and get to interact with the survivors, but we also got to cheer on the participants as they finished the walk!
One of my favorite parts about Zeta is how we are able to work hands-on with the people we are raising money to help. We are looking forward to working with Making Strides next year and help make it the best it can be!
- Gillen Briede, Philanthropy Chair
Delta Kappa doesn't just participate in service for breast cancer awareness and education. Every year our service varies, ensuring we volunteer our time to a number of different causes and always keeping it interesting! Zetas frequently volunteer at the Companion Animal Alliance Shelter, a local soup kitchen, the Baton Rouge Food Bank, writing letters and sending care packages to our service men and women, collecting cans for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Baton Rouge, volunteering for Boo at the Zoo in Baton Rouge, making Valentine's Day pillows for cancer patients, and working a water station at the Women's Hospital Half Marathon. We are always open to new ideas for service opportunities, and we love to get involved in the Baton Rouge community.