More than 125 students, faculty and staff from the School of Pharmacy recently enjoyed a night of playing cards, rolling dice and raising money at the school’s 2017 Casino Night event.
Casino Night is an annual fundraiser conducted by the Phi Delta Chi (PDC) student organization. Since Casino Night's inception 18 years ago, PDC has used the event to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The 2017 event raised more than $2,000. All proceeds are donated to St. Jude.
“St. Jude has been Phi Delta Chi’s charity for philanthropy across the nation for many years, and we love supporting their cause,” second-year pharmacy student and PDC Academic Chair Jacqueline Lee said. “Our fraternity’s purpose for our annual Casino Night event is to provide an evening of socialization and enjoyment while raising money for our charity. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides free treatment for children suffering from cancer and support for the patients’ families, like treatment, travel, housing, food, etc. St. Jude treats patients from all over the United States and around the world, and they do it free of charge.”
Approximately 75 percent of St. Jude’s costs are covered by public donations like those made by PDC. Lee said planning and hosting PDC’s 18th annual Casino Night with her co-host, Jennifer Hoang, provided an opportunity for the chapter to work together as brothers.
“Casino Night allowed us to see the huge impact we can make, especially with a chapter as large as ours,” Lee added “We have 131 brothers across our campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock and Dallas, and 107 brothers are here in Amarillo. We really enjoy seeing the brothers working together and having fun for a good cause.”