Bite of Athens

This spring 2015, Delta Zeta hosted our philanthropy event, A Bite of Athens, to benefit our national service project, the Painted Turtle Camp.  The Painted Turtle Camp is a camp in California that allows children with serious medical conditions to enjoy traditional summer camp in a safe environment surrounded by knowledgeable directors and children with similar conditions.  It is truly an amazing camp that is benefitted by the continued support of Delta Zeta, and we are proud to continue to raise money and send counselors to the camp annually.  This summer 2016, we are proud to say we will be sending 5 Zeta Pi sisters to California to serve as counselors for the Painted Turtle Camp! 

Our first annual Bite of Athens on April 7, 2015, was a great success!  We hosted over 15 local Athens restaurants, including the Branded Butcher, Brett's All American, and Menchie's,  as well as several boutiques from around Georgia including, Grain & Grit, Southern Tide, and stella + dot.  We are extremely proud of the turnout (over 1,000 UGA students attended!) and the amount of money we were able to raise for the Painted Turtle Camp!  Everyone who attended had a blast thanks to the live entertainment and sheer volume of vendors!  We are so thankful for the support of the local Athens community in the success of this event and look forward to continuing to give back to Athens and the Painted Turtle Camp through this event next year!


The summers I have spent volunteering at the Painted Turtle Camp have by far been some of the best experiences I have ever had. The camp is a place for children with chronic illnesses where they can be with other campers who are dealing with the same thing. For the past two years I have been fortunate enough to be sponsored by our chapter. First, I spent my time at the kidney disease and transplant session. These campers are on such heavy medical regiments and it was amazing to see them be able to have a true camp experience. The camp has everything: arts and craft, wood shop, riding horses, boating, fishing, and even high rope courses.

This past year I was lucky enough to be able to attend the skeletal dysplasia camp as well. All of my campers had some form of dwarfism. Being able to volunteer as a counselor for two years in a row has allowed me to fully understand how our philanthropies benefit these children. Through our events we are able to provide a child with a life experience that they never would have had.

Many people see these children as weak, but the time I have spent at the camp has shown me just how extraordinarily strong these children are. They taught me to always laugh and have fun, to cherish life and never take a second of it for granted. Most importantly, they taught me the importance of believing in myself which is a life lesson I will never forget.

My experiences at the Painted Turtle Camp are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Thank you, Delta Zeta and the Painted Turtle Camp, for giving me so many opportunities to witness the kind of magic that most of us only see in movies.
— Alyse Ragauskas, Zeta Pi Alumna

To learn more about this amazing camp, please visit:

www.thepaintedturtle.org