This past Thursday, the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi hosted their annual Fall Fiesta philanthropy event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
Alpha Delta Pi has been partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charity since 1979 and, according to philanthropy chair Abby Cannon, ‘18, has contributed more than $12,680,000 to the organization.
“Additionally, we donate a portion of the money raised to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation,” Cannon said. “The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation sponsors the We Believe Campaign which has established the Ronald McDonald House Charities Endowment with a goal of raising $1,000,000 by 2018.”
Donating to this fund allows the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi to contribute more money and resources to RMHC worldwide. In addition to raising money, the chapter also attends the Dayton RMHC every month to volunteer by cooking and cleaning for the families there.
In terms of Fall Fiesta, it has been a wildly successful event and is well known across campus. Last year, the event raised more than $1,000 for RMHC and had at least 500 people in attendance.
This year at the fiesta themed event, the sisters of ADPi invited students to their house where they were served burrito bowls, chips and salsa or queso, quesadillas and even puppy chow.
“I believe that it is so successful because of the recognition and reputation of quality and quantity of the food we serve,” Cannon said. “Much of the food we serve is donated, and our chef does a phenomenal job preparing it.”
Students filled the house with happy chatter and stomachs full of Mexican food. The members of ADPi sported their matching navy ADPi letter shirts and were full of energy and life as they spooned salsa into cups or danced along to the music.
According to Cannon, this energetic and fun atmosphere is a key aspect of the success of the event.
“Our chapter has a great attitude and wants to participate each year because it is a fun time,” Cannon said. “I think this reflects why so many people want to come.”
This was a particularly fun event for sophomore members who got to experience it for the first time. Prior to the event, Alyssa Stout, ‘20, was eager to be a part of something she’d heard so much about.
“I’m really excited to be on the other side this year and see the bonding between my sisters and I,” Stout said. “I’ve heard that it’s one of the funnest events we do and I’m excited to be apart of that this year.”