In April 2009, Alpha Xi Delta, one of the nation’s oldest women’s fraternities, officially partnered with Autism Speaks. The sorority and its more than 135,000 members have worked tirelessly to raise autism awareness and financial support for Autism Speaks. For more about the philanthropic efforts of Alpha Xi Delta for Autism Speaks, head over to their official website.
During the week of September 27 through October 2, 2010, the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta held their 1st Annual AmaXIng Challenge Autism Awareness week at California State University, San Marcos. In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks, the sisters of Theta Rho recruited 11 student organizations to compete for the title of Xi Champions. Throughout the week teams participated in various challenges including a “Penny Wars” team coin drive. Participants also recruited fellow students, staff, and faculty of CSUSM to participate in the Step It Up Campus Walk for Autism kickoff event and recruited family and friends to attend the Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Auction & Raffle Night, the last event of the week. Special Event Guests included Dr. Eloise Stiglitz, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dilcie Perez, Director of Student Life & Leadership, Julie Mattingly, CSUSM Greek Advisor, Kay Curry, Walk Chair for the San Diego Walk for Autism, Daniel Lightfoot, Director of the Autism Tissue Program and affiliate of Autism Speaks, and Krystal Langford and Michael Robinson, Autism Speaks representatives. Congratulations to Team Lions, on your new title as the 2010 XI Champions!
Approximately 150 people participated in the Step It Up Campus Walk for Autism, and more than 300 guests attended the Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Auction & Raffle Night helping the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta raise awareness and more than $6500.00 for Autism Speaks! On Saturday, October 2, 2010, Michelle Vogel and Donna Loya, event coordinators of Theta Rho’s AmaXIng Challenge Week of Autism Awareness presented Ms. Kay Curry, the San Diego Walk Chair and Mr. Brian Han, the Southern California Director for Autism Speaks a check for all the funds raised throughout the week of AmaXIng Challenge.
In addition to funds donated to Autism Speaks, through the efforts of many Theta Rho sisters, over $6,300.00 in goods and services were donated to the chapter to help them host a successful event. Donations included items such as drinks and lunches for all Step It Up Walk participants, gift certificates and gift baskets for the basket auction and raffle, and spaghetti, breadsticks and salad for the night of Spaghetti dinner. The support from the local community was excitingly overwhelming. Without the help of many generous donors, Theta Rho’s AmaXIng Challenge Week of Awareness event would not have been possible. The sisters of Theta Rho would like to thank their community supporters for their generosity, their time and their donations. Thank YOU, for helping the sisters of the Theta Rho chapter to realize their potential by making OUR event possible!
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Autism Speaks U is a program designed to engage college students across the country in autism awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts. Its new website offers a wide range of tools to empower students to establish Autism Speaks U chapters, organize events, and encourage their peers to get involved. College students, faculty and alumni can get involved with Autism Speaks U by visiting www.autismspeaks.org/u.