By Whitney Christy
From midnight to lunchtime, each spring the Delta Kappa Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha invites the LSU and Baton Rouge community to its annual 12-Hour Pancake Breakfast at the ZTA house.
A tradition for more than 30 years, last year ZTA raised $19,575 for the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, which funds breast cancer awareness and education pamphlets and activities for the community. With their copyrighted phrase “Think Pink,” young women of ZTA are dedicated to spreading awareness and education of women’s health. A goal was set to raise over $30,000 with over one thousand anticipated in attendance.
This year’s event on March 28 was organized by members Taylor Amedee, Abby Winn, and Meaghan Jeansonne and consisted of hourly themes including karaoke, trivia, bingo, early bird hour, military hour, kids’ hour, LSU athletics hour, and survivors’ hour.
ZTA served up purple and gold pancakes for LSU athletics hour, with members of the LSU volleyball team lining up for plates. Kids’ hour saw four Disney princesses — Bell, Tinkerbell, Alice, and Cinderella — serving and dining with children. And of course, survivors hour offered up pink pancakes to honor the five cancer survivors attending the feast as well as names adorning Zeta’s Pink Warrior Wall in recognition.
Perhaps surprisingly, ZTA sisters estimated that the 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. time slot was the most popular — maybe thanks to Friday’s late night crowd.
LSU ZTA Chapter President Tori Hendricks was thrilled with the outcome of the sorority’s monumental event.
“Being chapter president has been by far one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences. I could not be more proud of the girls and all of their hard work they put into this event,” Hendricks said. “It was exciting to hear all the positive reviews and good things people had to say.”
Past projects of Delta Kappa Chapter include, most recently, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Pinktoberfest, both aiming to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer with fellow students, families, friends and survivors. This past year, Delta Kappa raised $22,906 for breast cancer awareness and education at Pinktoberfest.
The ZTA ladies don’t just participate in service for breast cancer awareness and education. In 2014, Zetas volunteered at the Companion Animal Alliance Shelter, served at a local soup kitchen, wrote letters and sent care packages to service men and women, collected cans for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Baton Rouge, volunteered for Boo at the Zoo in Baton Rouge, and worked a water station at the Women’s Hospital Half Marathon.
In the last year alone, the chapter has obtained many national ZTA awards including the Crown Chapter, Founders Club Recognition for raising over $75,000, and Best Sisterhood award.
ZTA Delta Kappa chapter member Abby Winn said her fellow sisters would like to thank everyone who participated in making the event such a success this year.
“The event was a great success, and we are so happy that we were able to raise so much for our philanthropy breast cancer education and awareness. I am so upset that I am graduating, because I wish I could do it again next year,” Winn said.
To learn more about the chapter visit lsu.zetataualpha.org or for any questions regarding recruitment, contact recruitment chair Ashlyn Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org.