University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 24 2001

Delta Zeta Sorority Donates to Red Cross Flood Relief Fund

Athens, W.Va. - When devastating floods ravaged southern West Virginia this July, members of the Epsilon Delta chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority at Concord College were frantically trying to contact each other and praying for sisters’ safety. Fifty-eight percent of chapter members live in one of the counties that was declared a state of emergency, but amazingly, none received severe damage to their homes. Each member, however, personally knew someone who was affected, which caused two chapter members to spring into action.

“After seeing the devastation around me, I knew that we as a sorority had an obligation to help the community,” said senior Nikki Bales, a Welch resident. “I also felt like something needed to be done, but was not sure how strongly we would be able to work together since it was summer. After talking to Nikki, I realized that the best way for us to help was to go was online,” said chapter president Emily Myers, a senior from Poca.

Myers immediately went online to contact Epsilon Delta chapter members, alumnae and members of the Delta Zeta Surfing Sisters online alumnae group. An outpouring of support came from alumnae across the United States. Donations to the Epsilon Delta Flood Relief Fund came from as close as Athens and as far away as Aiea, Hawaii. Donations also came from members of Myers’ church, Teays Valley Christian Church in Hurricane.

When all flood relief donations were collected and counted, $1,115 had been raised. The contribution was given to the American Red Cross on behalf of Delta Zeta Sorority.

Delta Zeta Sorority was founded October 24, 1902, at Miami University of Ohio on the principles of sisterhood, scholarship and service. It is now an international sorority with over 155 chapters in the United States and Canada. Although Delta Zeta’s national philanthropy is the Delta Zeta Foundation, which supports the House Ear Institute in California, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and scholarships for Delta Zeta members, chapters are encouraged to participate in local philanthropies as well.

“Sororities are stereotyped very negatively, when in reality they were founded on moral principles that still govern their members. In Delta Zeta, we believe very strongly in serving our community. The Epsilon Delta chapter at Concord College is committed to giving back to our community and fighting the negative stereotype for all Greeks,” said Myers.

The Epsilon Delta chapter’s next philanthropy projects will be a Bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Delta Zeta Foundation and a “Box City” to raise money for Scottie’s Place, a camp for underprivileged children in Peterstown. Both events will take place the weekend of October 26.

For more information, please contact Emily Myers at 1-304-384-5915.

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Concord College Notes: Concord College student Emily Myers wrote this news release. She is from Poca, W.Va.

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