Tuesday night Pritchett Field was a glow of fireflies.
These weren’t your normal fireflies; these were students of Sam Houston State taking to the track in bright neon green shirts participating in the Alpha Delta Pi Flashlight Dash benefiting Houston’s Ronald McDonald House.
Close to 200 students came out to run in the mile fun run while Second Hand Rose serenaded them.
“We are so pleased, for this to be our first annual” ADPi Vice President Meagan Lee said. “We have about 200 people out here tonight and had another 150 plus donate, but were not able to make it.”
Much of the Tuesday night turn out was from the Greek community.
“We wanted to come out and support a fellow Greek organization and help support the Ronald McDonald House” Senior Hunter Heft said.
The Ronald McDonald House is the International Philanthropy of ADPi. RMH assists families with children who are receiving extended treatment for life threatening illnesses. The facilities at RMH are to try to make the families stay as comfortable as possible. By creating a home away from home, it allows families and children to stay together while going through this traumatic time.
“We choose Houston because it’s close and we can go visit them and give our checks to them directly,” Lee said.
With the positive response and participation from students, the hopes are to host the event again next year. Next semester Sam Houston State’s ADPi will be hosting the Second Annual Ronald Run for a Reason 5k.