Alpha Gamma Delta hosts successful taco dinner

1130: Alpha Gamma Delta alumna and Howard City senior Brittany Cole takes a bite of a taco while talking with her friends and sisters. (Brooke Adams | Grand Central Magazine)


Alpha Gamma Delta hosted their biannual philanthropic taco dinner on Wednesday, April 13 at their house, 607 S. Main St.

The event is held each semester and is one of the most popular events in terms of Greek life charity events.

“The feedback that we receive from people who come to the event is always good to hear, said Dana Szuma, philanthropy chairperson and coordinator of the event “We’ve had people say that the tacos were very delicious, really enjoyed all that we offered and that we could even put Taco Bell to shame.”

The women of AGD prepare for the event for weeks, planning every logistical detail, including ticket and flyer design, cooking schedules, decorations and set-up.

Szuma explained weeks of preparation are necessary for an event of this size.

“In this year alone, we have had about 600 people come to each of our Taco Dinners, so we buy out the entire taco section of Gordon’s Food Service,” said Szuma.  “We want to make sure that there is enough food to feed a full house and also make sure that we don’t have to make numerous trips out to get more.”

Although the event requires a lot of work on behalf of the sisters, the rewards on the day of the event are enough to make them feel as if the time and effort put into the project is worthwhile.

“We work so hard, but when over 600 come to the event to support our philanthropy, it makes us feel like we are part of something bigger,” said Milford senior Erin Hutton.

The group’s philanthropy is the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which supplies funding for The Leadership Institute, scholarships and diabetes research and education.

Alpha Gamma Delta alumnae Brittany Cole attended the event even though she is no longer an active member.

“I’m happy to support my sisters even though I’m not active this semester,” said Cole.  “Also, being a dietetics major, diabetes research is something I’m passionate about, so I’ll do anything I can to help.”

Alpha Gamma Delta philanthropy chair Dana Szuma counts money and tickets on the front porch of the Alpha Gamma Delta House. (Brooke Adams | Grand Central Magazine)

The girls also enjoy the time they are able to spend socializing at the event.

“One of the best parts of the day is seeing the turnout of people that come, such as friends from other Greek groups, classmates, family and other friends,” Szuma said.  “Another part that probably most of the girls enjoy is when it’s finally their time to indulge in the food.”

Swartz Creek senior Ricky Hargraves said he enjoys coming to the event every semester.

“Helping people in other groups and philanthropy events are what life is all about, “ said Hargraves. “It’s always better to give than to receive, plus the tacos are delicious.”