As a service based fraternity, our primary goal is to give back to the community that has done so much. We accomplish this through various events throughout the semester in which we raise money to donate to our respective philanthropies. Our biggest event here at Rho Chapter is our 3 v 3 charity basketball tournament called Conquer the Court, which we co-host with our cuzzos here at UF, the Phi Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi.
This event was originally planned by Mashud Rana of Beta Class and continues to be a an ever more popular event each year with hundreds in attendance and local sponsors such as Study Edge and Gator Dominos coming to the event. Along with Conquer the Court, every semester we host Drench-a-Delta at Plaza De Americas.
This event is designed to raise money for JDRF by having students and faculty across campus pay money to throw water balloons at our brothers solely for the purpose of philanthropy. Most recently, we hosted our Drench-A-Delta event with the beautiful ladies of Delta Zeta of the Panhellenic Council.
In addition to hosting signature events, we also like to go out into the community and make a difference. As a chapter, we have adopted 62nd street in Gainesville and it is our responsibility to make sure the road stays free of trash and other debris so we can keep our community looking clean.
We also participated in various service projects throughout gainesville such as Project Makeover and Kids Count. While all these events occur locally in Gainesville, we also like to show support to our brothers across the region as they host events of their own, such as Sugar Free Bowl. Sugar Free Bowl, one of Delta Epsilon Psi’s most prominent signature service events, is a charity football tournament that is held annually all across the country.
Here in Florida, it is hosted by our Theta Chapter at the University of South Florida. Every spring semester our brothers drive down to Tampa to support them, raise money for JDRF, and have a great time with our brothers at the University of South Florida! In 2013 alone, Sugar Free Bowl raised over $1,500 towards JDRF and will only continue to grow every year!
As you can see, service is the backbone of our fraternity and is something that all of our brothers across the nation have a passion for. Our founders believed that as a whole, our South Asian community had a voice that was missing, and through giving back to our community we are making our presence felt. If you, or anyone you know, would like to donate or help out our philanthropy, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past February was our first annual Dash for Diabetes, and it was a huge success. All proceeds from the event went directly to JDRF. By being able to receive sponsorships by various companies, we were fortunate enough to cover most of our costs which allowed us to donate over $1,000 from this single event!