Alpha Delta Pi adopted Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as its national philanthropy in 1979. Alpha Delta Pi was the first partner of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ronald McDonald Houses are located near hospitals worldwide to provide a “home away from home” for families with sick children in the hospital. In addition to donating money and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Alpha Delta Pi collegians and alumnae members also donate their time by volunteering for the houses.
Each semester, the women of Alpha Delta Pi host a Philanthropy Week filled with activities to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation. Activities include share nights with local Cape Girardeau restaurants, a pop tab collection among the sororities and fraternities, Pie a Pi, Big Man on Campus, Kickin’ It with ADPi, Volley for Bobby, and a fundraising dinner that varies each year. Not only are these events super fun to host and attend, they also raise money for the philanthropies that we love!
In addition to hosting our own events, we also enjoy participating in other sorority and fraternity’s philanthropy events. We do this by supporting them at their philanthropy dinners and participating in their various activities throughout the week.
Our chapter loves giving back to these philanthropies, and to local causes as well. In 2019, Delta Nu completed the most service hours of any Greek Organization on campus. We also enjoy supporting our sisters in need by hosting fundraisers when needed and providing them with love, support, and comfort to get through tough times.
Keep scrolling to learn more about our philanthropy events, and why our philanthropic partners mean so much to our chapter!
Pie a Pi
Pie a Pi is held once a year, usually in Towers Circle. This event is a fun way for us to raise money for RMHC! Each participant can pay $2 for a pie full of whip cream to put in an ADPi’s face. Things can get a little messy, but it is so worth it for the Ronald McDonald House!
Big Man On Campus
Big Man On Campus is held in the fall as a seeding event for our soccer tournament, Kickin’ It. Each fraternity competes in a pageant-like competition. The pageant typically includes a group dance, a banner auction, “Guess that ADPI,” and other fun competitions! The money from the banner auction goes to RMHC and the boys have a fun time competing for a top seed!
Each semester, we hold a philanthropy dinner at the ADPi house (aka the Pi Palace) on Greek Hill. We like to switch up the themes of the dinners each semester. We have had ADPi’s Boot Scootin’ Barbecue, Cheese Fries with ADPi, Pasta with the Pi’s, ADPiesta, and more! Each person on campus can buy a ticket to enjoy a meal from us, all while raising money for RMHC!
Kickin’ It with ADPi
Kickin’ It with ADPi is our soccer tournament held in the fall. Events throughout our fall philanthropy week create the bracket for the soccer tournament. Many fraternities and sororities come to participate in the fun! The soccer tournament lasts a majority of the day. It’s so fun to watch everyone get competitive while supporting RMHC!
Volley for Bobby
Volley for Bobby is our volleyball tournament held in the spring. Like Kickin It, many fraternities and sororities play in the tournament. Volley for Bobby was created in honor of a SEMO Sigma Phi Epsilon who tragically passed away in 2015. The volleyball tournament is dedicated to raising money for the scholarship in his name, Bobby Christman Scholarship Fund.
In addition to our philanthropy weeks, our sisters spend time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald Houses. This can include cooking dinner for the families staying there, visiting with those staying there, delivering needed supplies, bringing pop tabs, or getting tours of the houses to learn more about the philanthropy we care about so much.
#WhyADPi – RMHC Edition
“Long before becoming a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Ronald McDonald House Charities has held a special place in my heart for years. My younger brother, Bryant, was born with multiple birth defects due to a condition called Vacteral Association. Due to this, Bryant has undergone multiple surgeries throughout his 18 years of life. During these difficult times for my family and I, Ronald McDonald House Charities were there with us every step of the way. This blessing soon became my family’s new home away from home as the hospital Bryant was at was two and a half hours away from where we lived. The Ronald McDonald House provided us with an outlet away from the hospital, yet was so close that we could be there if needed within a matter of minutes. It gave my family a place to eat, sleep, and regroup daily. In a time of stress and pain, the Ronald McDonald House Charities gave my family one less thing to worry about and made the whole process a little easier for us. I’m so fortunate to have experienced the amazing things that RMHC has done to help my own family and other families who have sick children as well. Through Alpha Delta Pi, I proudly continue to support the philanthropy that impacted my life forever alongside my best friends, and I couldn’t be happier.” – Brenna Hahn, AC ’17
#WhyADPi – Sisterhood Edition
In 2017, the day after bid day, my dad and step mother were in a motorcycle accident. My father was hospitalized for a week with minor injuries, while my step mother was placed in the ICU for over 2 months. Throughout her recovery she had to have over 5 brain surgeries. Without me even asking for financial help, my sisters decided to help raise money up to help my family in trialing times. They had a dress down chapter where everyone donated money and also had a basket auction at Dad’s Day. At Dad’s Day, each of my sisters’ off campus houses chipped in to create a basket. There were BBQ baskets, wine baskets, etc. Throughout the event, parents and sisters bid on the baskets. All money raised was given back to my family. At the end of the day, our sister Whitney Lincoln presented a $1,500 check to my father. My dad and step-mother were both left in tears at the generosity of my sisters in Alpha Delta Pi. The support I received from sisters didn’t stop financially! They were my shoulders to cry on and my support team. They really were my home away from home that year! – Pi Chi, AC ’17