Game Day comes twice a semester for Baylor students. However, the second time, it’ll come without having to camp at McLane.
Baylor Tri-Delta is hosting its second annual Gameday during the Oklahoma State game Nov. 21 on Fountain Mall. Tickets will be sold at the Student Union Building next week for $8. T-Shirts will be sold as well. At the event there will be barbecue, a silent auction, music and a viewing of the Oklahoma State game. Proceeds from the event will go toward the club’s philanthropy, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Aledo junior Mary Tillman is the club’s philanthropy chair. For her, events like Gameday take months of planning to get right.
“I started to plan this event back in early May,” Tillman said. “We started asking for sponsorship, vending, getting the screen preserved and asking for donations of baskets. It takes a lot of work and it takes about 6 months in advance.”
Tillman said while the event itself is set up by a committee of six girls, Tri-Delta’s desire to help St. Jude goes beyond the event.
“St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is our national Philanthropy. Every single Tri-Delta chapter across the nation raises money for St. Jude,” Tillman said. “It’s an incredible place. I got to see the hospital three times. It’s number one in pediatric cancer research and parents don’t have to pay a dime for their children’s treatment because everything is done through donations, like what we do.”
Lakeway sophomore Allison Malcom said the goals of Tri-Delta and the Gameday event are to raise as much money as possible to aid St. Jude. It costs over $1.9 million dollars a day to run the hospital, Malcom said.
“Every dollar raised counts,” Malcom said. “As long as we can be even just a small part in helping to run the incredible organization through our fundraising, this event will have been a success.”
Tillman said she hopes to raise $7000 during this year’s event.
Last year we raised $5000 and it was the first time we did this event,” Tillman said. “I’m hoping to continue that for this event. It seemed really successful last year.”
Malcom said the event will be set up like last year’s inaugural Gameday.
“I’m expecting some good food, great people, and even better football,” Malcom said. “Knowing all of the proceeds will be going to families and patients at St. Jude makes it even more worth it.”
Tillman said while this is the last event for the semester, Tri-Delta has big plans for the rest of the school year.
“Next semester we have our letter writing campaign called ‘sincerely yours’ where we send letters to friends and family asking for donations,” Tillman said. “Last year we raised over $100,000 from that alone. We also do Tri-delta field day which is a throwback to the games that you would used to play as a kid.”