The Delta Delta Delta chapter at Kansas State raised more than $35,000 toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, surpassing their original $10,000 goal during a philanthropy event on Tuesday.
“We did a philanthropy event called “10K-In-A-Day” where we tried to raise $10,000 in 24 hours,” Abby Pfannenstiel, junior in apparel and textiles and a member of Tri-Delt, said.
Pfannenstiel said nationally, St. Jude is a philanthropy that regularly partners with Tri-Delt.
The event, which ran from 10 a.m. on Tuesday to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, was similar to philanthropic events the University of Kansas and Oklahoma University chapters of Tri-Delt have done in the past. She estimated KU’s Chapter raised about $11,000 and OU’s chapter raised more than $38,000.
Pfannenstiel said the chapter used social media to help in the effort to raise money.
“We called it a social media takeover,” Pfannenstiel said. “There’s about 180 women in our chapter and we all had graphics and we did a mini photoshoot yesterday so girls had pictures to post. We bombarded all of our social media with everything, encouraging people to click on our links.”
Everyone had their own link to a donation page on St. Jude’s website, Pfannenstiel said.
“Each girl could see how much money they had individually raised.” Pfannenstiel said. “You could also see how much each pledge class had raised and how much the whole house has raised. So, it was kind of a competition between pledge classes too, but we were all coming together to raise money.”
Pfannenstiel said the pledge class with the most donations would receive a pizza party from their chapter’s St. Jude representative.