ADPI News Release
University of Mississippi students and the Oxford community have the opportunity to enjoy a good old-fashioned carnival as Alpha Delta Pi presents a ‘Carnival For A Cause’ philanthropy event to support their national philanthropy.
‘Carnival For A Cause’ will take place Thursday, March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the ADPI sorority house at 607 Rebel Drive.
The Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Sigma Chapter’s values are leadership, loyalty, excellence in academics, and sisterhood. They strive to live out these values every day while supporting their national philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
“Volunteering at RMHC allows me to not only give back to families in need, but gives the children a break from all the hospital visits and simply lets them be kids,” said Chloe Benham, Alpha Delta Pi senior. “Seeing all the smiling faces really makes my day. It is a great reminder that no matter what you are going through, there is always a reason to smile. I really enjoy volunteering at RMHC and being able to help kids feel like kids, even if it’s just for a few minutes between their doctor visits.”
Alpha Delta Pi has been committed to serving the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) since 1979. RMHC is established in 62 countries and has over 685 houses worldwide, which help alleviate financial burdens for families with sick children by providing housing and meal expenses.
“Being from Maryland, the idea of being alone on Easter or with people I had just met that year felt strange and in a way, disheartening,” said Francesca Ball, Alpha Delta Pi senior. “What I appreciated most about spending Easter at the RMHC was being able to really connect with the families and see how much our philanthropy meant to those using the resources.
“It made me extremely appreciative of not only my health, but also my sorority because instead of being sad and alone on a normally celebrated day, I was surrounded by people I love and others I had just met, but were warm and wanted to have some lighthearted chatter. RMHC is not only for the children. It provides a moment of joy for entire families that do not know what’s in the near future.”
Alpha Delta Pi: Delta Sigma supports the Memphis RMHC. Alpha Delta Pi has contributed more than $8.9 million to RMHC during their partnership with them. Alpha Delta Pi members, before the pandemic, volunteered at RMHC, cooking, cleaning, and playing with siblings so their parents could spend time with their ill or injured children.
“We are so excited to host ‘Carnival for a Cause’ on March 24,” said Kala Nance, director of philanthropy. “This is unlike anything Delta Sigma has done before in its history of philanthropy events. We are going to have carnival games and food for our guests and really enjoy the environment with our community.
“Any and everyone is invited to come. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or prior on our Crowdchange page (links are on our Instagram and Facebook pages). All of our proceeds will directly benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation. We are so lucky to host a fundraiser to help charities that are so important to those in need. Show up and enjoy a fun, festive Carnival that benefits charity.”
Gillion Riordan, Alpha Delta Pi senior, said she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in 2001.
“I went through many rounds of chemo, radiation, and had surgery,” she said. “Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis gives me the opportunity to talk to the patient’s families about my experiences and the impact it had on my parents. One of the moms said they love hearing about survivor stories because it gives them a sense of hope.”
Emelyn Darnell, an Alpha Delta Pi sophomore, said Ronald McDonald House Charities mean a lot to her because of the things they have done for her family.
“During my family’s 10-day stay in St. Louis Children’s hospital, RMHC St. Louis provided free laundry services, which provided my family with clean clothes everyday,” she said. “RMHC receives a lot of their funding through pop tab donations, so I enlisted my hometown and the surrounding areas to collect their pop tabs. Together, we were able to donate over 141 pounds of aluminum pop tabs to St. Louis Ronald McDonald House Charities, so that RMHC can continue to provide for others like they did for my family.
“I am so thankful that Alpha Delta Pi gives us the opportunity to be so hands-on with our national philanthropy. It truly makes a difference when you have the ability to meet and form connections with the families your donations are directly impacting. My family and I are forever thankful for Ronald McDonald House Charities and for Alpha Delta Pi.”
RMHC is important to the members of Alpha Delta Pi at Ole Miss because their own sisters and families experienced the joy and relief RMHC provides to their local community. To buy tickets, visit https://adpi.crowdchange.co/23972 or contact any Alpha Delta Pi members. Come support Alpha Delta Pi in raising money for RMHC in Memphis.