UCF Delta Delta Delta sisters are trading in their signature triangle hand symbol for spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds at Tuesday’s Delta Hold ‘Em event.
From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., guests can travel to Las Vegas without leaving the UCF campus. The casino-themed night will be at the Tri Delta house on Greek Park Drive.
For parties who want to play Texas Hold ‘Em at the event, there is suggested donation of $100, and entry into the event itself is a suggested donation of $10.
The event, which is a first of its kind for Tri Delta, will benefit St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, the sorority’s official philanthropy.
Admission includes appetizers and a night of family-friendly casino-style games, including a closed-door Texas Hold ‘Em competition that will be professionally run by The Party Corp. to create a real-life poker atmosphere.
All guests will have the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas or four-night stays at a variety of hotels.
Stephanie Bratic, a senior nursing major and the Tri Delta philanthropy chair, expects 300 to 400 attendees at the event.
“We want to get the whole community involved, not just UCF Greek life,” she said.
The sorority has promoted the event on social media, a few local radio stations and by word of mouth.
Bratic said each philanthropy event the sorority does throughout the year earns around $16,000, with an average total of $60,000 annually raised as a chapter to benefit St. Jude’s.
“Typically we do our Delta House of Pancakes, we do our spaghetti dinner, but we also have Sincerely Yours, which is our letter-writing campaign, and that’s specifically in our chapter,” Bratic said. “We write letters to our families and anyone that we know, and we ask them [for] donations. And that usually brings in the most amount of money.”
Bratic said she’s excited the sorority is hosting this new event to continue to make a difference in the community.
Paige Wilson is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByPaigeWilson or email her at PaigeW@CentralFloridaFuture.com.