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Sorority Philanthropy Wins Outstanding Community Service Project

April 27, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney

The Alpha Delta Pi sorority at Sam Houston State University was recently awarded, “Outstanding Community Service Project” during the 24th Annual Sammys for their Ronald Run philanthropy project - a 5K color fun-run that is held at Pritchett Field each year in April.  Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Ronald Run continues to grow in size and impact. ADPi4

In 2017, the SHSU Delta Mu chapter of ADPi raised over $26,000 for the Ronald McDonald House, doubling what was raised in 2016. This year, they surpassed the 2017 dollar-total and raised more than $30,000. All of the proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities. 

“The ADPi motto is, ‘We live for Each Other.’ This motto is truly shown when putting on a community service event such as Ronald Run,” ADPi President Kyndal Scobee said.  “This is an event where all hands-on deck is needed. Watching sisters collect runners, sponsors, help prepare, set up and take down is a huge team effort. Living for each other is something that our chapter embodies every day.” 

The Delta Mu chapter of ADPi has been at SHSU since 1959 and Ronald McDonald House Charities has been Alpha Delta Pi’s national philanthropy since 1979.

ADPi 2SHSU Greek life follows the Five-STAR Life Standards Program which allows sororities and fraternities to hold educational workshops, collaborations, track donations and participate in community service hours. Each member within ADPI is required to obtain 35 hours of community service a year.

“Having a Greek life system that hold chapters accountable allows students to embody the university motto. Being able to host an event that is as successful as Ronald Run, is just a glimpse of the service that is done for Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

The ADPi chapter also works directly with the Houston Ronald McDonald House and they visit the Houston location once a month to bring crafts, activities, games and make meals for the families and children that are staying at the home.  A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost.

“Being able to get to know the families and create connections and relationships is something special that RMH brings,” Scobee said. “It is not always about writing the biggest check, but the impact that is made through those connections of getting to experience what these families are going through and to know that ADPi is making a difference in their lives.”


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