Not much can top the feeling you get when you know you’re helping someone. That’s a feeling myself, my sisters, and others students at our university all became familiar with again on Wednesday night, February 28th. We filled a lot of stomachs and shared a lot of laughs all while raising $858 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Each spring we hold one of our annual philanthropy events, Cheesy DZ, where we’re able to share our philanthropy with our campus, feed our fellow students some delicious cheese dishes, raise money for Starkey, and overall have a great time! From quesadillas, to nachos, to pizza, to tortellinis, to cheesecake, it was a room full of great smells and smiles.
It wouldn’t be a successful event without the precision and planning and our Vice President of Philanthropy, Ashley Gelenites, did a great job in bringing our sisters and our campus together for a great cause. Tabling to sell tickets in advance and a non-stop flow of sharing our flyer on social media helped spread the word, and we did our best event to get every other organization on campus to come by and support us. Behind the scenes Ashley was assigning sisters their cheesy dishes to make, buying materials, and running around non-stop to plan and organize the event.
After months of planning and preparation and some last minute meal making, nothing was better than being able to watch the event unfold on Wednesday night. Precisely at 8 pm people were lined up at the door waiting to come in and see what we had to offer this year. It’s always so funny to hear the comments made as people walk through the line, “Oh my goodness you have cheesecake too?!”, “Oh man ravioli’s, I love ravioli’s!”. This year one women brought her baby along and sisters oo’ed and ahh’ed as she fed him cheesecake and he giggled. It’s awesome to hear people from other organizations comment on how well we did and how great the event was. Once most people have gotten their food and sat down to enjoy it, we play our philanthropy video so people can be aware of exactly where their money is going. The very moving video always leads to laughs and a few tears, even from sisters who have seen it over and over again. Everyone eats and mingles, we thank them for coming and around 10 pm a great night comes to end. It was our new members first opportunity to see our sisters come together at a philanthropy event, a real life chance for them to see what we do and why we do it, and a night to bring them even closer to sisters.
After two hours, lots of cheese eaten, plenty of laughs shared, and dollars raised, it was another successful year for one of our favorite events, Cheesy DZ.