Friday, March 8, 2013

UNO Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta Raises More than $9,000 for Autism Speaks

A sisterhood of young professional women at the University of New Orleans raised more than $9,000 on campus last week to help raise awareness of autism, a complex brain development disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors, according to national nonprofit organization, Autism Speaks.

UNO has 14 Greek organizations on campus ― six sororities and eight fraternities, said Dale O'Neill, Coordinator of Leadership & Community Service Programs at UNO.Each Greek organization on campus raises awareness and provide philanthropic efforts for an organization of their choice. On Saturday, UNO's Delta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, one of the oldest women's sororities in the United States, held its 2nd Annual Step It Up 5K Walk/Run for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization.

"Autism Speaks is Alpha Xi Delta's philanthropic partner to whom we direct all of our efforts to raise money for," said Jessica Hogan, membership vice president for the sorority. "My sorority and I put a lot of time and effort into the planning of our annual walk/run. As a result, we are thrilled to announce that we had around 80 registrants participate in our walk/run, and over $9,000 was raised for Autism Speaks!"

Alpha Xi Delta's second annual walk for autism awareness at UNO took place at the Human Performance Center on the UNO Lakefront campus, where the sorority had arranged food, drinks, a raffle and DJ to entice and entertain participants.

Members of other student organizations on campus joined the fun, including the Sigma Kappa and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities. Alpha Xi Delta awarded plaques for "The most AmaXing Team Fundraiser" and "The Most AmaXing Collegiate Fundraiser," as well as first, second and third place awards for the walk/run.

Hogan sent a special shout-out this week to all sponsors, benefactors, participants, volunteers and the UNO Police Department, who secured roads and ensured the safety of participants.

"Our event was successful due to all of your help and support," Hogan said. "Be on the lookout for more amazing things to come from the Delta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta!"

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