The Delta Phi Epsilon sorority raised $4,000 through the 2017 65 Roses Gala, all of which will go to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event took place on March 18 in the Sodexo Ballroom at Shawnee State University.
“We had three speaking who had either dealt with Cystic Fibrosis themselves or had child who had Cystic Fibrosis, there was a silent auction, and throughout the evening our guests had that opportunity to play a live version of the board game Clue,” Vice President of Programming, Ruthie Chaban stated.
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the sorority’s three major philanthropies.
The National Institute of Health explains that Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease of the secretory glands, including those that produce mucus and sweat. The disease mostly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs. People with Cystic Fibrosis tend to live into their mid-30s and occasionally into their 40s and 50s. Complications of the disease include damaged airways, chronic infections, nasal polyps, coughing up blood and even respiratory failure. There are more than 30,000 people in the U.S. living with Cystic Fibrosis. 1,000 more are diagnosed each year.
“The 65 Roses Gala is called that because in 1965 a little boy over heard his mother talking about his Cystic Fibrosis but believed that what she was saying was 65 Roses,” Chaban explained.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation explains that the story dates back to 1965 when a 4-year-old Richard Weiss mispronounced his disease. His mother Mary Weiss started volunteering for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that year when she found out that all three of her little boys had Cystic Fibrosis. She was responsible for calling outside organizations for financial support when the young Ricky came into the room and told his mom that he knew why she making all these calls. The mother was caught off guard, thinking her son did not know he had Cystic Fibrosis. When she asked her son what it was she was working for her her told her it was for 65 Roses. Richard died in 2014 but not before leaving an impact. His endearing childhood misunderstanding has come to be a commonly used phrase by many children battling the disease.
Each year, Delta Phi Epsilon chapters raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis by holding 65 Roses Galas on campuses around the world.
Delta Phi Epsilon was established on March 17, 1917 at the New York University Law School.
“We are a non-secretary school which means that anyone is able to join,” Chaban explained. “Our motto is Esse Quam Videri which means “to be rather than to seem to be” and our values are justice, sisterhood, and love. We spend a lot of our time working on community service and raising money for our philanthropies. Such as this week is our ANAD week were we are easing awareness for people who have eating disorders.”
Through such philanthropic activities, the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon work with their community to raise money for those with need and learn to be more concerned and active in society while developing caring leadership skills.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.