Tri Delta helps St. Jude
by Courtney Warren
Mar 16, 2014 | 2588 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Batter up! Tri Delta Triple Play is set for March 22.

Delta Delta Delta Sorority's Phi Phi chapter will be hosting their annual softball tournament to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. and each team must have 9-12 players and bring their own gear.

The cost is $120 per team and the tournament will be held at the Armory Softball Field.

"Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 or more and so far we have four teams playing," said Madison Allred, philanthropy chair.

The Phi Phi chapter has raised over $100,000 since it began at Delta State.

Allred encourages everyone to participate in the event and said, "anyone can create a team and co-ed teams are allowed."

Tri Delta's recent national goal to raise $15 million in five years to name the Specialty Clinic located in the Patient Care Center at St. Jude was met early and the $15 million was raised in 3.5 years. The next national goal will be announced in July.

Tri Delta members have raised over $27 million for the children of St. Jude.

It costs $1.9 million a day to operate St. Jude and public donations provide more than 75 percent of the hospital's funding. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

"A lot of our girls are very excited! Our seniors are even forming a team to play. Just like the 5K we haven't been able to have triple play for a while due to weather.

We send a check to St. Jude every time we have an event. Once they receive the check our St. Jude rep calls me and tells me where we stand money wise. I get so excited when I hear how much we have raised. I always to back and tell the girls where we stand and encourage them not to give up and that we are truly making a difference.

Unlike a lot of chapters, Phi Phi is very lucky that we get to visit St. Jude each year. With us only being two hours from Memphis it's convenient to make a day trip up there. We all get up super early and ride together to the hospital that morning. We do our sincerely yours letters in the dome and then we get to go on a tour of the hospital, after that a lot of us go shopping or have lunch on Beale," explained Allred.