The Alpha Phi Foundation
Alpha Phi's national philanthropy is the Alpha Phi Foundation which supports women's Cardiac Care. Founded in 1956, the foundation's mission is to "provide leadership and educational opportunities, encourage and recognize superior scholarship, [and] support women's cardiac health." Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women, and the "Alpha Phi Foundation thought it fitting that an organization of women help fight it."
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Red Dress Brunch
The Annual Red Dress Brunch during Parent’s Weekend is held in the Meliora Restaurant and gives Alpha Phis the opportunity to socialize with parents, collegians, and other alumnae. All money raised goes to support the Alpha Phi Foundation for cardiac care. Attendees wear red to show their support for this important cause.
Alpha Traz is a concert event, which our chapter hosts each fall. We ask prominent figures on campus such as the presidents of student groups, teachers, or administrators to be our "prisoners". Guests pledge money to keep the prisoners at the event...in handcuffs! The prisoner who raises the most money becomes "Rochester's Most Wanted." Each year the money goes to the Alpha Phi Foundation to prevent "Cardiac Arrest".
Cardiac Care Week
In February, the sisters of Alpha Phi promote awareness of heart health for women around campus. During Cardiac Care Week we host The Ivy Iron Man Challenge to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation and in the past we've done charity events such as Mary Kay Parties and Karaoke Nights.
The Ivy Ironman Challenge
February 2012 marked Alpha Phi's first ever Ivy Ironman Challenge. More than 30 teams came out to compete in mini-challenges including human pyramids, wheelbarrow racing, obstacle courses, dodgeball, and more! The goal for this event is to raise awareness and promote heart healthy activity on campus. All proceeds benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation.
In addition to supporting the Alpha Phi foundation, we like to support other charitable organizations closer to Rochester. We perform community service about once a month, doing things such as volunteering at Foodlink and participating in events such as Relay For Life and Walk for Diabetes. Additionally, we participate in philanthropies organized by other groups on the Rochester campus.