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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
We are proud to announce that for the 2013-2014 school year our chapter has donated $25,480.87 to the Alpha Phi Foundation. Since our Chapter was founded in 1988, we have donated a total of $120,505.33 to the foundation.
This past spring Eta Lambda hosted our seventh annual Red Dress Gala at the GMU Center for the Arts. 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 $13,000.
Last fall, we hosted our fist-ever "Keep the Beat Week." This was a week-long effort dedicated to our philanthropy. The week kicked off with our first "Alpha Phifa" soccer tournament. We had fraternities, sports teams (including Mason's Division 1 soccer team) and unaffiliated players compete for the championship. We also hosted a blood drive, donating over 24 pints of blood. 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 plead for donations while handcuffed to a sister of Alpha Phi until they posted a bail of $25. Every participant surpassed his bail and helped raise $1000 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 are then judged in several categories: Q&A, formal wear, spirit wear & talent. Whoever ends up with the most points by the end is crowned Alpha Phi's King of Hearts! And lastly, we ended the week by attending the American Heart Association's annual DC Heart Walk.
Not only are Alpha Phis at George Mason involved in their own philanthropy--our sisters take pride in supporting other organizations' philanthropies and the community as well!