“Cheesy with DZ”

Rachel Greene, Editor-in-chief

Delta Zeta is hosting their annual “Cheesy with DZ” philanthropy event on Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The philanthropy event began as a way to give back to Delta Zeta’s National Philanthropic Organization, the Starkey Hearing Foundation. According to the Starkey Hearing Foundation website, “Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission is to give the gift of hearing to those in need, empowering them to achieve their potential. By collaborating with governments, non government organizations and health leaders, our goal is to make hearing healthcare services more accessible for people around the world. Today we continue to travel the globe helping people in need, and to date have given the gift of hearing in more than 100 countries.”

While the Starkey Hearing Foundation is close to members of Delta Zeta’s hearts now, it is a fairly recent addition to the sorority’s philanthropic family. Delta Zeta has always supported initiatives for hearing but added the Foundation as an official partner in 2015.

 “In 2006, Delta Zeta’s National Convention voted to make Starkey Hearing Foundation a philanthropic partner,” deltazeta.org reads, “In 2015, Delta Zeta named Starkey Hearing Foundation as our National Philanthropy Partner. Since 2015, 51 Delta Zeta members have volunteered on international hearing mission trips in 11 countries with the Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Delta Zeta President McKenna Campbell said, “Delta Zeta decided to continue our ‘Cheesy with DZ’ macaroni and cheese event for the Starkey Hearing Foundation because even though COVID has flipped our world upside down, Starkey still continues to give hearing aids to the less fortunate. This year instead of coming into our house, we will be having a drive-through event at our house, 537 W. Elting Street, Macomb, Ill. To get a ticket ahead of time, please contact me (m-campbell@wiu.edu) or our Philanthropy Chair Natalie Mota at (n-mota@wiu.edu). We hope to see you all in the drive-thru line with your masks on and hungry stomachs!”

The drive-thru and this event have been approved by Western Illinois University as being in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. Typically, the event would be a sit-down meal, but this is no longer plausible given the current state of the virus.

 Delta Zeta encourages all students, not just those involved in the Greek community, to attend this event to help support this cause.

For those who are wishing to attend the drive-thru event, tickets are $4 if purchased in advance from any Delta Zeta member or $6 at the door. The event will be located at 537 W. Elting St. at the Delta Zeta Chapter House.