The Tri Delta Fort Worth alumnae and the TCU Tri Delta chapter joined forces Thursday and Friday to raise money for children with cancer.
The women hosted their annual gingerbread extravaganza event, Cookies and Castles, to raise money for their philanthropy, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Hematology and Oncology Center.
University Christian Church was transformed into a magical holiday arena. People from all over the Fort Worth community gathered for holiday spirit and gingerbread decorating while raising money for a local charity.
“We have Christmas music and every kind of candy you can imagine to decorate the houses and cookies,” Mallory Lummis, the Cookies and Castles’ co-chair and a TCU Tri Delta alumna, said. “The first party is the best, the decorations are up, the doors fly open and it reminds you how magical the holidays are when you’re a child.”
Not only is the event magical for the children, but it creates camaraderie between TCU and the Fort Worth community while raising awareness for children with serious illnesses.
“It’s awesome because we’re educating children about other children,” Anna Kathryn Groom, the recently elected TCU Tri Delta president, said. “I also get to meet all kinds of people in the community and build relationships.”
There were three types of parties over the two days for families and Tri Delta members to attend, Groom said. There was a family gingerbread decorating party, a tween gingerbread decorating party and a ladies’ castle decorating luncheon.
Elizabeth Brookshire, the Cookies and Castles’ co-chair and TCU Tri Delta alumna, said even some of the hematology-oncology doctors from Cook Children’s were able to join the luncheon and decorate.
“We hope it gave them a chance to get away, get rejuvenated and have a little Christmas spirit to take back to their patients,” Brookshire said.
Lummis said that nearly a thousand community people joined in the festivities this year and they hope to raise over $70,000. Tri Delta will present a check to Cook Children’s Medical Center, Hematology and Oncology Center in February.
In addition to the Cookies and Castles event, five TCU Tri Delta chapter members with eight adult volunteers brought cookies, candy and icing to Cook Children’s Nov. 28 for 150 children and their families to decorate.
Morgan Duncan, a Tri Delta member, said she went to Cook Children’s her first year at TCU to help decorate with the kids and it was one of her favorite and most memorable experiences.
“Cookies and Castles is something really unique to TCU and to Fort Worth,” Carley Crossman, TCU Tri Delta philanthropy chair said. “We’re working together with our alumnae which is not something many other chapters do and it raises a tremendous amount of funds for a local cause.”