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Alpha Xi Delta Raises $3 Million for Autism Speaks

February 19, 2015
For Immediate Release

February 19, 2015

Indianapolis, IN – Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is excited to announce we have raised more than $3,000,000 for Autism Speaks, with $1 million raised in just this past year.

Alpha Xi Delta formed a national partnership 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 proud to have raised $3 million for Autism Speaks. This past year alone we have raised $1 million, which is a true testament to the amount of dedication our chapters and alumnae associations have to raise awareness of autism and collect funds for the amazing work of Autism Speaks,” said Elysia Gallivan, Alpha Xi Delta’s National Executive Director. “The number of children being diagnosed with autism is still growing at an alarming rate, and the women of Alpha Xi Delta will continue to do our part to support the mission of Autism Speaks. We are grateful to Autism Speaks for giving us the opportunity to help improve the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.”

Alpha Xi Delta Sisters supported 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;

  • Participating in Coaches Powering Forward for Autism at NCAA basketball games;

  • Hosting AmaXIng Challenge fundraising events at both host institutions and in local


  • Partnering with local and professional sports teams to host Autism Awareness Night events;

  • Volunteering at the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks;

  • 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 125 college campuses. For more information on Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, visit

About Autism

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 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

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 more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit


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