Delta Zeta's Seventh Annual Turtle Tug
Tugging over a pile of green Jell-O is what the women of Delta Zeta do to give back to charity.
Saturday, March 24, the Delta Zeta chapter of Old Dominion hosted their seventh annual Turtle Tug event. Delta Zeta’s Turtle Tug is the chapter’s biggest philanthropy event. Proceeds raised go towards their national philanthropy, The Painted Turtle Camp, which is a camp for speech and hearing impaired children in California.
The event ran from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. and members of Delta Zeta raised roughly $1,200.
Turtle Tug was featured this year at Whitehurst Beach. Despite the rain, the event brought forth hundreds of participants and spectators.
“The entire campus is open to sign up. There is a team of five people per one team, the teams can consist of boys and girls, and students can even pay to be thrown in the massive pit of Jell-O,” said Isobel Bartle-Tubbs, this year’s Turtle Tug chairperson. In past years, the setup was the same for Turtle Tug and the event brought out many Old Dominion students.
Attendees of the event included new Delta Zeta recruits, Delta Zeta alumni, members’ parents, and an array of other ODU students.
Turtle Tug involved two teams of five people, $25 per team, playing tug-of-war over a pit of 700 packs of lime green Jell-O. The color lime green was chosen for the Jell-O because pink and green are Delta Zeta’s national colors. The winners of the tug-of-war contests received various prizes, including Delta Zeta Turtle Tug “champion” T-shirts and other things like jewelry from the local Hi-Ho Silver.
Raffles, food, corn-hole, and live music were offered to participants as well.
New Delta Zeta member, Kaley Linton, said, “The excitement and the energy was pretty intense. No one was a poor sport and it looked like everyone had a great time.”
By: Mary Ann Jackson