Phi Delta Epsilon raises money with raffle for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

BY GHADEER ALARADI, Student Life Editor

One of the prizes for the raffle winners, the study buddy basket.
One of the prizes for the raffle winners, the study buddy basket.

Phi Delta Epsilon, the international medical fraternity, hosted a “Raffle for Rugrats” fundraiser on the University Center Stage and the Mardigian Library on Thursday, April 9.

It is an annual fundraiser to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), so that they can purchase supplies needed for hospitals.

Students purchase tickets and enter in a raffle for a chance to win one of seven prizes, including an iPad mini.

“We only had three baskets last year, and this year we have seven,” said Michelle McDevitt, a member of Phi Delta Epsilon.

“It’s our most successful drive to raise money for CMN,” she said.

The biggest prize they had was the iPad Mini. The other baskets were the car care pack (gas card, towels, air fresheners), the dinner and a movie basket ($50 gift card to Fuddruckers), the Tigers game basket, study buddy basket, Victoria’s Secret beauty basket, and beauty mark spa basket.

Participants purchase however many tickets they want. One ticket is two dollars, three tickets is five dollars, ten tickets is ten dollars, and Wingspan is twenty dollars.

In the UC, students can pay two more dollars to spin the wheel for a chance to multiply tickets. Students who win are able to pick which basket they would like.

Jars were placed on the table for each basket, and students can put however many tickets in each basket. They give their information to members of Phi Delta Epsilon and are contacted that night if they are the winner.

“It’s important to have fundraisers like this on campus, because we want to show that you can be involved and this is bigger than just you and your grades,” said McDevitt.

“You can make a real world impact, which inspires me to do more and be better,” she said.

Phi Delta Epsilon have other fundraisers throughout the year such as bake sales. They are trying to plan health awareness campaigns on campus for the next semester, since they are a pre-med fraternity.