INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (February 10, 2014)– Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is excited to announce we have raised more than $2,000,000 for our philanthropic partner, Autism Speaks. Alpha Xi Delta partnered with Autism Speaks in 2009 to help raise funds and awareness for those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Since then, Alpha Xi Delta chapters and alumnae associations have participated in numerous awareness and fundraising initiatives in their local communities and at our host institutions across the country.
“We are so excited to surpass this fundraising milestone. As we prepare to celebrate our fifth anniversary with Autism Speaks and Autism Awareness month in April, we are proud of each Sister who has given of her time, talent and treasure to raise awareness and funds for our philanthropic partner,” said Elysia Gallivan, Alpha Xi Delta’s National Executive Director. “The number of children being diagnosed with autism is still growing, and Alpha Xi Delta will continue to support Autism Speaks to help improve the lives of those families touched by autism. We are thankful to Autism Speaks for giving us the opportunity to help find the missing piece of the autism puzzle.&rdquo
Alpha Xi Delta Sisters have shown support for Autism Speaks by:
- Participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks events in their local communities by fundraising, serving on local planning committees and volunteering on-site
- Hosting AmaXIng Challenge fundraising events at both host institutions and in local communities
- Partnering with local and professional sports teams to host Autism Awareness Night events
- Volunteering at Autism Speaks’ Dover 400 NASCAR event
- Representing Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks on the Today Show for World Autism Awareness Day
- Participating in the Light It Up Blue initiative on college campuses and in local communities
- Hosting small-scale fundraisers such as bake sales, “Xiti” nights and cookouts
- Tabling on campuses and in local communities to distribute information on autism spectrum disorders and raise critical funds for autism prevention, treatment and a possible cure.
About Alpha Xi Delta
Founded in 1893 at Lombard College, now Knox College, in Galesburg Illinois, Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential by providing opportunities for Sisterhood, leadership knowledge and service. The national women’s fraternity has more than 150,000 initiated members and chapters on 121 college campuses. For more information on Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, visit www.alphaxidelta.org.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
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