Donate to Push/Save Our Past Trustee!
October 1, 2013
On December 13, 2013, Ernie Hall, former Trustee of Delta Lambda Phi and current Delphi Foundation board member, has a skydiving event planned. The only problem: Ernie has a fear of heights! But, Ernie, being the giving person he is, has decided to make a fundraising event out it, with all proceeds going to support the Delphi Foundation. The fun twist on this fundraiser – you get to choose whether you want to Push Ernie or Save Ernie!
Donors will be entered into a drawing for a round-trip ticket and weekend accommodations in Las Vegas to view the jump. For each $10 donation, one entry will go into the drawing.
Donations must be received by November 1, 2013 in order to qualify for the drawing! And all donations are tax deductible.
And now, a few words from Ernie:
I was standing at the edge of the chasm with at least a mile between where I stood and where I needed to be. Once I got to the other side, I would be free.
“You can do it!” Jon Borland shouted. “JUMP!”
“Shut up, Jon. You’re on the ground!” I mumbled under my breath.
He shouted again, “Jump, just do it!”
I looked at the platform on the other side, down at Jon, and took a deep breath … Seconds later my face hit the tree, my legs scraped down the platform, and my gut hit the landing, knocking the breath out of me.
A flurry of expletives ran through my head. I checked my nose, not broken. Then I pulled myself up and onto the platform. There was a bruise growing on my shin and my face HURT!
But, I was on the other side. I had made it. Looking back to where I came from, it seemed much closer now – it did indeed look like the three foot jump we had all practiced on the ground.
I can honestly say that moment was definitive for me. I haven’t gotten over my fear of heights, but it is a touchstone that reminds me that no matter what I’m facing, I have strength. I always remember to move through the fear and not be paralyzed by it.
Most of you know that the past year has been a life-changing year for me, and throughout I’ve been strengthened by my Brothers and the experience of the dreaded “flee jump.” I also am witness to the tremendous positive impact that a short weekend has had on our Delta Force graduates.
So when I turned 45 I thought, “Maybe I should jump out of a plane.” And then I thought, “Are you crazy?!”
And one night when I was waffling on the idea, I giggled when I thought about all the Brothers who, over the years, had probably wanted to push me out of a plane (if they could.) I thought, “Why not let them?” to benefit the Fraternity that has given me so much.
So here’s your chance to “Push Ernie” for DLP! Because I am not sure I want to, I’m going to let you decide between “Push Ernie” or “Save Ernie.” Your choice. Either way, I’m pretty sure the only thing that would get me out of a perfectly good airplane in mid- air, is to give something back.
My fate is in your hands. http://dlp.org/giving/
By the way, Jon didn’t do the flee jump. He clipped onto the safety line, sat down on the platform and slid across the wire. That crafty bitch!