Delta Gamma members Paige Mulry (left) and Aubrey Crow (right) pose for a photo at the  2017 Anchor Bowl. Photograph from Heidi Lemelin.

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Service. Awareness. Fundraising.

Rachel Reinert, vice president of foundations, said these were the three key factors to Delta Gamma’s philanthropy event this year.

The sorority hosted its annual Anchor Bowl fundraiser to raise money for Service for Sight through a friendly tournament of flag football.

“Anchor Bowl is special to us because it allows the Greek community to come together to raise money for a cause while having fun,” Reinert said.

Members of Delta Gamma at TCU show their Sorority’s sign at the 2017 Anchor Bowl. Photo courtesy of Heidi Lemelin.

The event supports five schools, founded by Delta Gamma, for the visually impaired. It also supports other organizations who share their mission to help promote sight preservation and conservation.

“Every semester our members have the opportunity to participate in at least 10 hours of service,” Reinert said. “At Gamma Tau, we work in conjunction with the local Lighthouse for the Blind in Fort Worth.”

In addition to working with the Lighthouse, Delta Gamma sends women from the chapter to serve at St. Paul Lutheran Church twice a week to create braille Bibles.

Sarah Merrifield, a sophomore biology major and a member of Delta Gamma, said that Service for Sight adds depth to the experience because students get to provide aid to the visually impaired community both as individuals and as a sorority.  

Reinert said Delta Gamma usually raises $25,000 a year for Service for Sight, with most of the money coming from Anchor Bowl.

“Anchor Bowl is a lot of fun,” said Ty Huggins, a sophomore accounting major and member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. “I went last year and got to play football while knowing that I was helping out with a good cause.”

He said it is an event his fraternity anticipates every year.

Delta Gamma has hosted the anchor bowl since 2012.