The Beta Eta chapter of Alpha Xi Delta had a record-breaking day at Sunday’s Step It Up 5K at the University of Maryland. The women of Alpha Xi Delta raised more than $24,000 for Autism Speaks' research, awareness, advocacy, and family services with their signature event, the Step It Up 5K.
The day started with more than 350 participants gathering on campus at the University of Maryland to support Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks. Runners checked in for the race – a color run, the first of its kind for Alpha Xi Delta at UMD – and then learned a little bit about Autism Speaks and autism spectrum disorder before the race began. The race kicked off with cheering crowds at the starting line to inspire the runners. College students, families affected by autism, faculty members, and community supporters all joined in on the fun.
At the University of Maryland, the Beta Eta chapter of Alpha Xi Delta has been instrumental in raising funds and awareness for Autism Speaks in the Maryland and greater Washington, DC communities. Since bringing Alpha Xi Delta back to the University of Maryland campus in 2011, the Beta Eta chapter has participated in our Walk Now for Autism Speaks event annually along with hosting two signature events on the University of Maryland campus, “Xiti with the Xis” and the “AmaXIng Challenge: Step It Up 5K.”
Proceeds from all Alpha Xi Delta fundraising directly benefits Autism Speaks. We are proud to report that the Alpha Xi Delta chapter at the University of Maryland has raised more than $72,000 in just a few short years since recolonizing on campus. We are forever grateful for their support.
We truly appreciate the support and kindness of all Alpha Xi Delta chapters across the country!