This guest post is written by Alexx Vaccarello, Philanthropy Chair of the Beta-Tau chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. Alex is a senior and majors in Hospitality Management at Kent State University. She took the position of Philanthropy Chair because she has a strong background in event planning and wanted to use her know-how to give back to her favorite cause and favorite nonprofit organization, Autism Speaks.
The Xi Man competition is the Beta Tau Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta’s annual fundraising and advocacy event that benefits the Fraternity’s national philanthropy partner, Autism Speaks. During the competition, students from Kent State University perform dances and short skits to educate the community about Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks.
Performances were judged on how much detail and creativity each group included as well as a Q&A session, featuring facts about Autism and Alpha Xi Delta, which was held at the end of the competition. This year the Beta Tau Chapter raised more than $53,000 for Autism Speaks, but Sisters did not do it alone. Before the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, each Sister was given a personal fundraising goal of $350 dollars to raise by the night of the Xi Man Competition which took place on Saturday, October 11.
Throughout the summer months Alpha Xi Delta Sisters held “dine-to-donates” at their hometown restaurants, scheduled their own fundraising tables outside of stores and some Sisters even put aside some of their paychecks and tips in order to reach their fundraising goal. Once the school year began, the fundraising team had scheduled a full calendar of “dine-to-donates”, car washes and tabling opportunities in Kent, Ohio, to get students and the local community involved in their efforts.
Another big help with raising money and awareness for the chapter’s Xi Man Competition were social media accounts. The chapter created special Twitter handle and Facebook page to help promote the event and inform people about the daily fundraisers happening around campus, social media challenges and fundraising tips.
This year’s event proved that when a chapter and the community work together, amaXIng things can truly happen. The chapter thanks Kent State University’s fraternity and sorority community, friends, family members and everyone who helped Sisters raise more than $53,000 and make a difference for all who are touched by autism spectrum disorder.