The DrEaM Network
As a part of DEM’s goals of serving the community through health education and care, Delta Epsilon Mu formed a national philanthropic partnership with the DrEaM network. The DrEaM network is a collection of nonprofit organizations providing overnight camping experiences for children with autism and medical needs such as 22q deletion syndrome, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, and severe asthma. There is a specially trained medical staff available 24/7 that is well-equipped to deal with the challenges these children face daily, allowing them to take their minds off their medical needs and focus on having fun. Held at Camp Dragonfly Forest, Camp Korey, and Camp Tall Tree, they provide an environment for campers to to develop their social skills, confidence, and independence. The camp's primary goal is to help each child feel like a regular kid. Click here if you would like to find specific dates and rates for when this camp is happening.
Dragonfly Forest, Inc. was founded in 2002 and held its first camp in 2006. Since the Alpha Gamma Chapter of DEM was founded in the spring of 2015, members have raised over $6,000 for Dragonfly Forest. In 2016-2017, the Alpha Gamma Chapter was awarded Philanthropic Chapter of the Year by the Delta Epsilon Mu National Board of Directors. In the Fall of 2017, the Alpha Gamma Chapter hosted the first annual Day of DEM philanthropy event. Our chapter won Philanthropic Chapter of the Year for 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2022-2023 for Day of the DEM!
The first annual Day of DEM philanthropy event was a large success. The Virginia Tech community came together to support Dragonfly Forest, a cause very close to our hearts. Featured activities at the event included pumpkin painting, a walking taco bar, acapella performances, and much more. Through hardworking leadership, committed members, and an extensive network throughout the Virginia Tech community, the Alpha Gamma Chapter continues to work hard to support Dragonfly Forest.
Please consider joining us for our next Day of DEM event, which will be held in Fall 2022. More details are to come, if interested please email the 2022 - 2023 Directors of Philanthropy. New participants and donations to help make our event a success are welcome.
If interested in donating to our cause directly, simply visit the following website. Every dollar counts toward sending another deserving child to camp. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your efforts!
Come support DrEaMat any of Philanthropy Events this year!
All Week - Virtual Walk-a-thon!
Friday, October 13th - Grilled Cheese Night and Bake Sale
Downtown from 9pm-2am
Sunday, October 15th - Walk with Directors
Monday, October 16th - Panda Express % Night All Day
Tuesday, October 17th - Days of DEM!!
Squires Commonwealth Ballroom B from 6pm-8pm
Wednesday, October 18th - InBalance Yoga 8pm-9pm
Thursday, October 19th - YourPie % Night
A message from our Directors of Philanthropy!
The Alpha Gamma chapter of Delta Epsilon Mu at Virginia Tech would like to sincerely thank all of our friends, peers, family, and everyone else who contributed to our very successful first philanthropy week for the DrEaM Network. We are so excited to expand our support to more camps and campers throughout the United States and continue to help promote inclusivity and continue to instill confidence in children with differing medical needs and disabilities. Again, we thank you all for your unwavering support for Camp Korey, Camp Tall Tree, and Camp Dragonfly and the transition to the DrEaM network this year, and we hope we can count on you again during our philanthropy week in the spring.
Eliza Agi & Charlotte Monck