A "Philanthopy Event" is an event or activity that our chapter does to raise money for our foundation, to promote awareness for Service for Sight, or to serve our community. Here are some of our regular philanthropy events:
Each spring, our chapter hosts Anchor Splash on the Nevada campus. It is our biggest philanthropy event of the year, and the other Greek organizations and clubs at our school love participating in it. Anchor Splash lasts for an entire week and includes events like Most Beautiful Eyes, Penny Wars, Mr. and Mrs. Anchor Splash, and Serenades. The week ends with Anchor Games at our on-campus pool where teams show off their swimming skills and perform a synchronized swim for judges.
This event is always a blast and our biggest way to raise money for our philanthropy each year. Eta Iota raised over $17,000 in Spring of 2016 through Anchor Splash.
Sisters selling tickets for "Slices for Sight," an all-you-can-eat pizza night where all proceeds go to our philanthropy:
Winners of this year's Anchor Games, Theta Chi, pose with some DGs:
Carson City Seeing Eye Dogs
Unique to our chapter, Eta Iota works with the Carson City Seeing Eye Dogs. Many of our fundraising efforts are donated to this group that trains dogs to help those with visual impairments. We often get the chance to spend time with these wonderful animals and see how our work is helping them be trained.
Sisters helping raise money at our fundraiser called Smooch-a-Pooch:
Over the past year, the Eta Iota chapter has been looking for ways to expand our philanthropic work for Service for Sight in the Reno area. We have held vision screening training sessions which have certified over half of our chapter to use equipment and run their own vision screening tests. We also have begun to work with the local Lions Club and help with their annual "Eyeball" event. We are passionate about Service for Sight and are always looking for new ways to promote it.
Eta Iota Sisters visiting the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, CO:
Golden Anchor Program
Delta Gamma sisters all over the world participate in the "Golden Anchor Program," where college-aged students help out local senior citizens as part of their foundation work. Here in Reno, our sisters attend ManorCare throughout the year to spend time with and assist senior citizen residents. We do fun activities with the seniors, such as painting their nails, reading them books, dying Easter eggs, and playing chair volleyball.
Sisters play Chair Volleyball with local senior citizens: