Deepher Dude Week

By: Deandre Hogg

Associative Producer

Delta Phi Epsilon sorority hosted their annual Deepher Dude Week this past week.

Gracie Martin, who is on the Delta Phi Epsilon Executive board at Tarleton State University, was able to shed some light on the event.

Delta Phi Epsilon member Gracie Martin.
Photo courtesy of Facebook.

“The purpose of Deepher Dude is to Spread awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” Martin said. 

Throughout the week students from various organizations competed against each other in games ranging from kickball to a friendly canned food drive, which was recently added to the week’s festivities.

“Deepher Dude week included a kickball tournament, retweet contest, trivia dash, a canned food drive and the Deepher Dude Pageant. We have stayed consistent with the events throughout years,” Martin said. “The canned food drive is the most recent addition to our week.”

While Deepher Dude has many events, there is one activity that organizations love to participate in every year.

“Our biggest event of the week is our Deepher Dude pageant…We will have a representative from all of the interfraternity organizations, two Intergreek, and for the first time, two athletic teams participating. This year, Delta Chi has raised the most money with over $1,900 in donations and $100 in ticket sales. So far, we have raised over $6,000 in donations and over $930 in ticket sales.”

All of the money and donations goes to Delta Phi Epsilon’s biggest philanthropy foundation for Cystic Fibrosis. This foundation hits home for the sorority ever since one of their sisters was diagnosed with this terrible sickness.

“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) has been one of our National Philanthropies since a sister, Phyllis Kossoff, Delta Chapter at Hunter College, brought the matter to the Delta Phi Epsilon Convention in 1957. Since then, Delta Phi Epsilon has donated over one million dollars to CFF, enabling the foundation to have advanced research and develop 12 treatments to Cystic Fibrosis,” Martin said. 

Originally Deepher Dude was supposed to be planned for April 2, 2021; however, it was moved due to the changes Tarleton made to the spring semester calendar.

Martin did a fantastic job planning this year Deepher Dude week, despite the pandemic. She found ways to make this year’s event special. She deserves a lot of credit for making this happen for her sorority, but she accepts that and the amount of support she has received from others that have been participating in the events as well.

“Planning this event through COVID has been very challenging. Originally, Deepher Dude was scheduled for April 2, a few weeks after we had been given our extended spring break. I have been very lucky and overwhelmed with the amount of support we have gotten. Everyone has gladly participated in our events, we have all had fun, and we have been able to achieve our financial goal to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and so many people have been able to learn something about CF,” Martin said. 

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