Vision is one of our most precious senses: Unexplainable to those without it; irreplaceable to those who have it. Ever since 1936, protecting the gift of sight became one of Delta Gamma Fraternity’s highest priorities. Delta Gamma's work for the visually impaired is unique in that it has answered the needs within the Gainesville community as well as in the international scene.
Delta Gamma's philanthropic purpose has been to stop blindness before it starts. For men and women for whom blindness is a fact, the mission has been to impact the quality of their lives in a myriad of positive ways. Delta Gammas have funded genetic research, low-vision adaptive devices, tapes, Braille books and hundreds of life-enhancing programs. Just last month, Delta Gamma at the University of Florida volunteered at the Gainesville Public Library to help with an event for the local visually impaired members of the Gainesville Area. This event was to raise awareness of the white cane laws that many people do not know about.
Another event that Delta Gamma holds is an annual Easter Egg hunt at a Gainesville elementary school, where visually impaired children, their friends, and family can all come and play in a bounce house, get their faces painted, do arts and crafts, and even search for eggs that make a chirping sound for the children to be able to find.
Fundraising through their annual Anchor Splash event is just one way that the Gamma Theta Chapter at the University of Florida gives back to Service for Sight and the Delta Gamma Foundation.
Pool day is the main event, and it consists of a themed synchronized swimming competition between all of the fraternities, and some sororities, on campus. With the help and participation of their coaches, each organization forms a team of 6-10 people who create and perform a five minute routine at the O’Connell Center pool, starting with a dance on the pool deck, and ending with a synchronized swim.
The 34th annual Anchor Splash was held in late September of this year, and the director of this event, Haley Sasser, said it was one of the most successful Anchorsplashes Delta Gamma has put on in a long time, raising more money than in the past. “Watching all of my sisters having a great time while raising awareness and funds for our foundation was amazing, and I can’t wait until Anchorsplash next year.”
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