Keep the beat going, live heart healthy!
Why Women's Heart Health?
Alpha Phi is unique in that we have our own philanthropic organization, the Alpha Phi Foundation. Founded in 1956, the Alpha Phi Foundation is one of the oldest Greek philanthropic organizations. Our foundation divides donations into several categories: Women’s Heart Health, educational and leadership programs, and scholarships.
Alpha Phi chose to focus on women’s heart health because cardiac disease is the number one killer of women in America. Every woman has a connection to someone who has been affected by heart disease; a mother, a sister, a friend. The Alpha Phi Foundation strives to fund research programs specific to women’s heart health, because women’s heart disease is much different than men’s.
Alpha Phi's Annual Philanthropic Events
Every Spring Eta Lambda hosts our annual Red Dress Gala at George Mason University. We invite over three hundred parents, alumnae, sisters and friends to join us for desserts, silent auction, and live auction. Through the generosity of our guests, we were able to raise over $21,000 last year.
In the Fall, we put on our annual "Eat Your Heart Out" and "King of Hearts" fundraisers, where your favorite fraternity men strut their stuff at GMU's premier all-male pageant! "Eat Your Heart Out" is a night of spicy wing eating where contestants are partner with a sister of Alpha Phi to earn points the night prior to the pageant. Contestants then compete in the pageant, and battle for points in several rounds including: Question and Answer, Formal Wear, Spirit Wear, and Talent. Whoever ends up with the most points at the end of the night is crowned Alpha Phi's King of Hearts!
The month of February is very busy for our chapter, as it is Heart Health Month. We aim to spread awareness about the importance of Women's Heart Health on campus, as well as collect monetary donations to fight heart disease. In 2018, we ended the month with a successful Teddy Bear Drive benefiting INOVA Fairfax Children's Hospital. The Mason community truly came together as we collected over one-hundred and fifty teddy bears from students and faculty to be donated to children struggling in the hospital.
Every September we host our annual Mac'N'Phis event, with unlimited Mac and Cheese for attendees. In 2017 we raised over Thirteen Hundred dollars towards our foundation! The event is a fun way to start off the school year filled with eating competitions and quality time with the community.
Not only are Alpha Phis at George Mason involved in their own philanthropy, but our sisters take pride in supporting other organizations' philanthropies and the George Mason community as a whole.