Chapter Philanthropy & Service
Alpha Gamma Delta was the first women's fraternity to establish an international philanthropy project. The Epsilon Chapter has supported international endeavors throughout the years, including the former Alpha Gamma Delta camp (1920-1945), the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation(JDRF), and presently the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the UK DanceBlue Clinic and the UK PAWS Program.
While hosting fundraising events to benefit international philanthropy efforts, Epsilon also has a rich history of serving the "community in which we are placed". In the 1950's, the Epsilon Chapter worked with UK's Kappa Kappa Gamma to host an annual gala that benefitted pediatric patients seeking treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital's cerebral palsy clinic.
In the 1980's-1990's, Epsilon hosted an annual Daisies for Diabetes walk, Twister marathons, and Oscar Nights to support the Lexington JDRF chapter.
Moving into the millennium, Epsilon took to heart UK's annual 24 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon, DanceBlue, while continuing to support the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation through Alpha Gam Lip Jam and an Alpha Gam Concert series.
- Presently, the Epsilon Chapter has won the coveted UK Dance Blue Matrix Cup 3 times, with back to back wins. The Matrix Cup is awarded to the student organization that has raised the most money, collected the most spirit points, and has the most dancers represented on the floor. In 2016 alone, our chapter raised $34,983.
In 2014, the Epsilon Chapter began working with UK FarmHouse and the UK Rodeo Team to host the Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo. Cowboy Up for a Cure was founded by Epsilon alumna Rebecca Bucher Shryock, and the annual Rodeo benefits the UK PAWS Program at the University of Kentucky's DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology Clinic. In conjunction with UK FarmHouse and the UK Rodeo Team, the 2016 Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo raised over $65,000 to provide support of Central Kentucky pediatric patient care and rehabilitation.
We are so excited to start a new annual philanthropy event in Spring 2018 centered around Alpha Gamma Delta's new philanthropic focus, fighting hunger!