Alpha Phi’s national philanthropic cause is the Alpha Phi Foundation, an organization formed to help raise awareness and fund research of Women’s Cardiac Care. At Whitman’s Chapter of Alpha Phi, we recognize that women’s heart disease is the third most common cause of death within the United States. Our chapter also received an award at the 2015 Leadership Conference for our recent Philanthropic success. As a chapter, we host one large philanthropy event per semester in addition to our monthly community service and volunteering.
During Fall’s Family Weekend, we host our annual Red Dress Gala cocktail party and silent auction. This event gives our members and their families a chance to mingle, eat, drink and raise funds for an important cause. 50% of this yearly event’s proceeds are then directly donated to the Walla Walla community to pay for items such as local defibrillators, while the second half of the proceeds are donated as a part of the $100,000 annual grant given by the Alpha Phi Foundation to research rare heart conditions.
In the April, APhi hosts “Move Your Phi’t,” a 3k Color Run for Whitman students, faculty and community members. This event gives participants a chance to get outside and be heart healthy while enjoying the sunny Walla Walla weather. The event also includes food from local food truck vendors and the fun continues throughout the day with Whitman’s only sorority-hosted All Campus GrAPHItti party for students who participated in the run!