Stitches

Anchors Aweigh

Every year, the sisters of Delta Gamma make a literal splash with their annual Anchor Splash. Held at the Gibb Pool at Washington State University, the day-long charitable event offers friendly pool competition among WSU’s fraternity chapters.

The funds raised that day benefit Service for Sight, the official Delta Gamma philanthropic project that helps raise money for genetic research, adaptive devices, Braille books and other programs for those suffering from low vision and blindness. Service for Sight has been Delta Gamma’s official charitable project since 1936, when alumna Ruth Billow, who was blind, suggested that her fraternity help those with sight limitations.

“We hold philanthropic causes high in our mission and goals,” says Brian Blee, marketing director at College Hill Custom Threads (asi/164578), which is based at Washington State University and created the official event tank tops. “We donate 10% of philanthropic orders to causes our customers promote.”

In 2011, College Hill Custom Threads opened its doors on the Wazzu campus in Pullman, above a popular bar and grill. The company is a resource for branded items and tied in to the latest apparel and decoration trends. “We’ve been involved with the chapters since we opened,” Blee says.

For Anchor Splash (the anchor is the symbol for Delta Gamma, combining the sorority’s two Greek letters), College Hill screen printed 100 Comfort Colors tanks. Blee says, “We also like to use water-based inks on Comfort Colors items to give the art a vintage look.”