My Monday Musts: Ronald McDonald House Charities & Diamond Dash

Happy Monday, readers!

I hope you all had a sparkling weekend! The weather here in Connecticut was so beautiful – as you can tell based on my sun burned face if you see me around campus. After participating in Relay for Life on Friday evening (stay tuned for an upcoming post!), participating in our school’s chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma’s philanthropy event, Katie’s Game, in honor of a deceased sister, and then Alpha Delta Pi having our own philanthropy event, it’s easy to say it was an amazing weekend.

We may not have won the whole entire thing, but the ADPi team at Katie’s Game made it to the semi-finals and had such an amazing time supporting our Panehellenic community!

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Plus, after the game, some sisters and I decided that sometimes it’s necessary to just go on an adventure – so we drove to a random beach 20 minutes away. As my Instagram caption said, Don’t wait for adventure, go create it. And when you do, throw what you know.

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So many incredible things happened this weekend, that it was hard for me to pick what to put for this week’s Monday Musts.

However, with all the giving back in the heat filled air at QU this weekend, I decided that this week’s Monday Must is going to be something that is a must not every Monday, but everyday for me as a sister of Alpha Delta Pi, the Ronald McDonald House Charities!

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has more than 300 Ronald McDonald Houses serving families in 31 countries around the world, and the Theta Theta chapter of ADPi visits our closest house, in New Haven, once a week. RMHC helps more than 8,000 families per day. Lastly, those who signed up for our 5K run, the Diamond Dash, paid $10 dollars – which is equivalent to one night’s stay for one family at a Ronald McDonald House.

The Diamond Dash was Theta Theta’s second time holding this event and it couldn’t have been more successful. With tons of runners, a cupcake and grilled cheese truck, shopping, and a DJ, everyone had a blast.

Check out some of the awesome pictures from Theta Theta’s Second Annual Diamond Dash!

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These are my sisters, my people, and my back bone. Because I know them, I have been changed for good. Deep in my heart I love my ADPi, the Ronald McDonald House, and these ladies.

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The runners in Diamond Dash started by running through this balloon arch – in Ronald McDonald House Colors – and then finished the race by running through the same arch. Jess and I didn’t run, but of course we still had to run through it and take our own crazy photos.

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Shout out to Clemmey – one of my favorite seniors, who I am going to miss so much next semester when she is no longer here. Hope you enjoyed your last Diamond Dash, Clem! More importantly, hope you’re super pumped that you’re finally featured on “Sparkle and Shine.”

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Just like Justine, Morgan has been by my side since day one of joining Alpha Delta Pi. Morgan was one of my best friends since I joined ADPi, since we were in the same Alpha Pride, and still are always be each others’ side to this day!

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Meet Emily, another one of the amazing girls from my Alpha class! Love you, Em!

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Meet Justine – one of the girls in my Alpha class and has been by my side since day one. Thanks for everything Jussy, including taking this picture.

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Remember when I said our Executive Committee, known as EComm, took our first hug train picture? Normally, they aren’t as successful and we end up looking like a hot mess – such as this.

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Meet Jess, one of the craziest and funniest sisters I have. There is no one else I would rather twerk with than this girl!

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Meet not only my best friend, but my brother, Ben. Since the beginning, Ben has supported me as I went through recruitment, joined Alpha Delta Pi (he even learned all the cheers!), to waking up super early on a Sunday morning to run in our 5K.

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In Alpha Delta Pi, when you first become a new member, you are given a Violet Sister. This is similar to that of a pseudo-big diamond as you find your place in the sorority and until you get your big diamond. Meet Steph, my little Big Violet sister. Without her, I don’t know what I would do.

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Meet the lovely ladies I am on ADPi’s Executive Committee with (from left to right) – Nicole, Courtney, Alea, Katie, Rebecca, Morgan, and Jess. I don’t know what I would do without these crazy bunch of girls. Plus, this is our first successful hug train pic!

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One of the greatest things about being in a sorority is having girls who lift you higher each and every single day. These girls (from left to right), Nicole, Alyssa, Jess, Ali, and Kathleen lift me higher each and everyday. They are my best friends and I couldn’t be luckier to have them in my life.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos from Diamond Dash, readers! I also would like to ask you that whenever you go to McDonalds, if you could drop in any spare change into the donation box for RMHC or can donate soda tabs, please do so.

The Ronald McDonald House is the house that love built, and we run/host the 5K to add a little more.

Have a great week, readers! Keep sparkling!

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For the Kids

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Quinnipiac’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta held their philanthropy event Q-Thon, a dance marathon that is similar to that of Penn State’s Thon, this past weekend. Delt holds the event in honor of Connecticut’s Children Medical Center. This past Saturday, my Alpha Delta Pi sisters and I, helped Delta raise over $31,000 this year for the kids.

One of my favorite aspects of Greek Life at Quinnipiac is how philanthropic based it is, and how much other Greek organizations, as well as not affiliated groups, will join together to help raise money for charities. Alpha Delta Pi helped co-sponsor the event, and was able to sponsor Quinn, the beautiful little girl above in a tutu and princess pajamas. Quinn, age three, suffers from a tumor.

The brothers of Delta Tau Delta, sisters of Alpha Delta Pi, and the other participants not only go to dance…

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but got to play with the kids, as well!

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Besides Quinn, my heart fell in love with Shemar, the little boy that I danced for – and with  – that I talked about in this week’s My Monday Musts! 

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Though suffering from scoliosis, Shemar still managed to be one of the happiest kids I have ever met. He danced and ran around, told me that his favorite song was “Pleasure,” and was not afraid to talk to anyone and everyone. I will forever dance for Shemar.

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Every morning when I wake up and I’m going through my day, I think of beautiful Quinn and energetic Shemar. I danced for them at QThon and will always hold them close to my heart.

I can’t wait for the upcoming philanthropy events at Quinnipiac, including Alpha Delta Pi’s Diamond Dash.

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Readers, I want to not only remind you how important philanthropy is, but how important it is to be a philanthropist. Participating in something that will is much bigger than yourself is more rewarding than anything else in the world.

If you have the chance to do something like QThon, or any other philanthropic event, I challenge you to do it. You won’t regret. Especially when you can do it, For the Kids.

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