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All-Star Award Can Benefit Many

February 27, 2012

Delta Sigma Pi has supported USA Weekend’s Make a Difference Day for many years.  In honor of our continued support and volunteer efforts, we have been nominated for the All-Star Award.  There are nine finalists and the award winner is selected by public votes – that means YOU!   

The winner of the All-Star Award will receive $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.  In the true spirit of excellence, if we win, we will not only benefit one charity, but all FIVE of our provincial initiatives – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Verizon HopeLine, and American Cancer Society.  We will award $2,000 to each of the five charities.  Wondering what that means and how it really helps?  Read on to learn a little bit about each charity and where their dollars go.

Then, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!  We cannot win without votes. Vote every day until the end of February (voting goes until Feb. 29, 11:59 PM Eastern).  You may vote once per day per IP address, so vote often and tell your friends and family to vote too!  Click here to vote, and select “Oxford, OH: Fraternity brothers rally into nationwide action”.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.  During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude. It costs $1.7 million a day to operate St. Jude, and public donations provide more than 75% of funding.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  The organization invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. They have helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.  No family is denied based on ability to pay.  Currently, 88 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to fund RMHC globally. These donations are spent on things like: Average cost to host a family for one night = $85; Daily electricity bill for an average House for one day = $125; Daily gas bill to keep appliances like a kitchen stove working = $60; saving families from eating in the hospital cafeteria = $25

Verizon HopeLine

Verizon HopeLine turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence and helps protect the environment by disposing of wireless phones in an environmentally sound way. Since the program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 8 million phones, awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country, distributed more than 106,000 phones with more than 319 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence, and kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States and is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. They are working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays – a world where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life. Supporters combine relentless passion with the wisdom of nearly a century of experience to make their vision a reality, and they get results. They save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back. Thanks in part to this work, nearly 12 million cancer survivors and countless others who have avoided the disease will celebrate a birthday this year.

How can you help these wonderful organizations?  Cast your vote today!

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