Sunday, July 19, 2015

St. Jude Give Thanks Walk


All right ya’ll! I’m back after a brief hiatus! But I am back with a bang and ready to announce that this year I will be participating in the …

To End Childhood Cancer

For those of you that are familiar with St. Jude walks you know that normally they are held in NYC in November, however this year the walk will take place on September 26, 2015 and we will walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!

I have joined a team to support the Long Island Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta, my team and I each have a fundraising goal! With a little over two months until the event I beseech you my friends, family and lovely readers; I invite you to join in the fun or if you can’t donations are always welcome!

I have set up a fundraising page through the St. Jude website where anyone generous enough can support me, as well as LIAC, in the fight to help St. Jude end childhood cancer.

As a Delta Delta Delta woman this is a cause very near and dear to my heart; because believe it or not even though I have not suffered from childhood cancer I have known people in my life that have had to fight the good fight. That is why I am so supportive of such an amazing cause!

Because at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has pushed the survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% (1962) to 80% (2015).

Because at St. Jude no family receives a bill for treatment.

Did you know that the doctors and scientists at St. Jude share their research and developments? They believe that no child should suffer and by sharing their research they make it available to save children that cannot reach their hospital.

In 1999 Delta Delta Delta entered a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Reasearch Hospital. Since then my organization has proudly raised more than $30 million dollars for St. Jude; since then we have donated a Teen Room to the hospital and named a Patient Care Floor in the Chili’s Care Center.

Our current goal is to raise $60 million in 10 years and donate Tri Delta Place! Tri Delta’s are nothing if not passionate about our philanthropic partner!

Thank you all in advance for your support; past, present and future! It means a lot to me! I hope you can all help me reach my goal and support my team!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dirty Rush

"From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From in the inside looking out, you can never explain it."
Let me just start off by saying that I am a sorority woman and damn proud to be one! So whenever I see anything in pop culture related to Greek Life I take it with a grain of salt and a dash of skepticism. It’s no secret after all that Greek Life in general can get a bad rap from movies, TV shows, etc. MY story on the other hand is nothing media worthy or salacious, my story is simply ideal.

I joined Greek Life, specifically Delta Delta Delta, to get more involved in my school. As a commuter student at basically a suitcase school getting involved in on campus organizations seemed like the best option for me. I went to the club fairs and ultimately decided to go through Rush; Delta Delta Delta was just the most perfect fit for me. I loved the girls and their values; I’ve never once regretted signing my bid.

That being said not everyone’s situation is as ideal as mine, some stories are far more exciting! Thanks to Babe Walker & Total Sorority Move we get the compelling and wildly entertaining tale of Taylor Bell! Brand new college freshman and five-time legacy of the Beta Zeta sorority at Central Delaware University.

Dirty Rush is the exciting (albeit insane) tale of Bell’s freshman year and how she ended Rushing a sorority, something she never planned on doing when she initially set foot on campus. Being a legacy however means the BZ girls already had Taylor on radar. Like anything in life it’s essential to keep you options open, never close yourself off to anything without at least trying it, though she was initially against Rushing Taylor met the girls and found herself on a whirlwind of being recruited and offered a bid to Beta Zeta.

That was only the beginning for Taylor; the deluge of events begins after she signs her bid. Between Hell Week, parties, her first college boyfriend and of course initiation Taylor learns more about what it means to be a Greek Life woman. Alas as with all things when things are going good something has to come along to trip you up on the ride, secrets are exposed that make Taylor question every decision she made in joining BZ.  Oh and let’s not forget about the leaked sex tape which she is pinned as the star of.

Okay bear with me, I know things seem to be getting a little out of hand but trust me it’s worth the ride! Between the events that happened in Taylor’s freshman year to the portrayal of Greeks in general it’s just so outlandish why couldn’t it be well on its way to the silver screen?

Part of me thinks I should’ve been a little offended at the portrayal of Greek Life but overall the book was just so wildly entertaining I wasn’t. Of course I know that the way Greeks were portrayed could be incredibly offensive to some, but not me. The story of Taylor Bell is told in a way that fits the tone of the novel. There’s no shying away from the gory details just to spare someone else’s feelings. Her story would not anywhere near as compelling if she did tiptoe around the tough stuff. Sure, she had “sisters” stab her in the back, she had a guy flake on her when she needed him most and everything about being a Beta Zeta tested who she was as a person.

But honestly, at the heart of it all, Taylor Bell found what anyone looks for when they join any organization. Taylor Bell found sisters that were true and loyal, she learned who were really her friends and who was not worth her time. For Taylor the good outweighed the bad (and it got bad) but one bad apple did not poison the whole bunch. Her story is more than just an exposé of Greek Life; this is real life! In real life friends will betray you, in real life you’ll be tested and pushed to the breaking point. Taylor Bell’s story is about more than just the letters you wear it’s about learning who you are as a person and how to handle the curve balls.

In the final chapter when all was said and done the camaraderie I felt between Taylor Bell and her sisters is exactly the type of relationship I feel with my sisters. She found a group of girls to accept her for the person she is and who would support her through the tough times. Taylor Bell didn’t fall in love with the idea of Beta Zeta, she fell for the heart of Beta Zeta, she fell for the ideals that the organization was built upon. These are the ideals that any woman should fall in love with because for any woman looking to join a Greek organization those ideals won’t just be that of your Sorority, those ideals become yours too.

So yes this is a book I would highly recommend to any Greek woman. It's wildly entertaining and quite a ride from start to finish!