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
This past spring Eta Lambda hosted our 8th annual Red Dress Gala at George Mason University. We invited 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 $18,000.
Last fall, we hosted our first-ever Keep the Beat Week. The week kicked off with the "Alpha Phifa" soccer tournament. We had many participants from different student organizations and sports teams compete for the championship. Alpha Phi also hosted a blood drive, and because of the generosity of the Greek community, we were able to donate 24 pints of blood to the Red Cross. In the middle of the week, we put on our annual "Cardiac Arrest" event, for which we had over 50 participants. The gentlemen who participated were required to raise funds while handcuffed to a sister of Alpha Phi until they posted a bail of $25. Every participant surpassed his bail and helped raise more than $1,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation!
We also 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 and a salsa dancing competition where contestants are partnered 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 last component of Keep the Beat Week is our participation in the American Heart Association's annual DC Heart Walk.
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.