Alpha Gamma Delta raise diabetes awareness through week-long philanthropy event

By Whitney Yount, Online Editor

December 5, 2012

The Gamma Eta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta hosted their philanthropy week from Nov. 12-17. The sisters of AGD hosted a multitude of events throughout the week in support of diabetes awareness and education.

The proceeds from this week went toward the sorority’s philanthropy, the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation. From there, the AGD foundation helps to provide one-year grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, for diabetes organizations.

According to their website, the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation donates money to “individuals and organizations involved with diabetes research, summer camps for children with diabetes, the care and treatment of diabetic patients and education about the disease.”

AGD sister Julia Choquette was especially invested in philanthropy week. She’s one of two AGD sisters who has been diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, and she says that being in a sorority that’s dedicated to raising awareness of her disease and helping other people who have it is really inspiring.

All week long, the philanthropy tables in the University Center were filled with gift baskets from The Frat Collection, Southern Tide, Collared Greens, and other local retailers as part of AGD’s second annual basket raffle. About 20 baskets total were raffled off this year.

Another highlight of the week was the first Tie Dye for a Cure event held at HPU on Tuesday night. Students came with their own t-shirts, and the AGD sisters helped them tie dye in the UC lobby.

“There was a great turnout,” said senior Meghan Vitti, who was in charge of organizing the week. “It’s nothing like anything we’ve done before, [but] I think this would be a great event to keep doing. It was a very fun environment.”

During the day on Saturday, AGD also hosted a combined trunk show in their house in Greek Village. Both Bella U Jewelry, an online retailer, and Palm Avenue, located in Greensboro, set up tables in the house and sold jewelry, scarves, iPad covers, planners, and other products.

That night, AGD also sold about 80 boxes of pasta during their annual Rasta Pasta event held in Greek Village, with sauce donated for the second year in a row by Marrozzi’s.

In total, the sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta raised more than $2,000 for diabetes education and awareness during this year’s philanthropy week.

“It is great to have such an awesome support system of people who care about me and are there for me when I’m having a rough time managing my disease away from home,” said Choquette. “Our philanthropy week is especially close to my heart because it is wonderful to see so many people both in my sorority and in other organizations as well reach out and donate to help find a cure.”

For more information on the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation and AGD’s philanthropic work, visit alphagammadelta.org.