CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – With a little help from their friends, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Delta Chi Fraternity raised $4,000 at their biannual fundraiser called “Don’t Drop the Ball,” a philanthropy event which had participants standing on the corner of busy streets and collecting money for a great cause, the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research.
In the past, those involved in “Don’t Drop the Ball” were mainly members of Delta Chi and close friends of fraternity members. However, this semester Delta Chi Philanthropy Chairman Ulises Avalos worked with his committee to get more people involved. This semester, Avalos was able to get ladies from three sororities - Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, and Alpha Gamma Delta - to help collect money. In total, there were 60 participants working to gather donations.
“The success of the event makes me really proud,” said Edgar Martinez, Vice President of Delta Chi. “Not only were we able to reach our financial goal, but in the process, all the brothers of the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Chapter of Delta Chi, along with friends and family, rallied together to put the best effort towards the cause.”
The Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research is Delta Chi’s official philanthropy, and the fraternity donates toward the foundation each semester. The foundation is named in memory of Jim Valvano, an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster. Valvano died in 1993 after a nearly year-long battle with metastatic cancer. The Jimmy V. Foundation helps fund cancer research as well as funds promising young physicians and scientists in the field of cancer research.
“We feel very excited to be donating this money towards the Jimmy V. Foundation,” Martinez said. “We cannot wait for the cure to be found, but until then, we will continue our efforts to raise money.”