Since Alpha Xi Delta first partnered with Autism Speaks in 2009, chapters all over the country have created unique, successful fundraisers to collect over $3 million for the organization. At CBU, the Theta Pi chapter has assembled various fundraising events for Autism Speaks around campus, including their annual Blue Out game. For the past four years, this group of women has rallied the student body to meet in Canale and cheer on our Bucs in blue apparel to support Autism Speaks! The women of Alpha Xi Delta, or AXiD (pronounced ay-zee-dee), have a lot of spirit and passion for their philanthropy, and once people learn about the organization, it isn't hard to understand why.
Autism Speaks is a nonprofit organization that works to raise money to fund advocacy, family services, research, and awareness for both children and adults with autism, the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. With autism now affecting one in sixty-eight children, the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta regard fundraising as an urgent need. AXiDs plan extensively for events like the Blue Out Game, making sure to invite alumni, students, and faculty to come out and support Autism Speaks in blue. At the game, the chapter sells fun, blue baked goods, cotton candy, bracelets, and awareness ribbons. They also decorate the gym with colorful banners and poster boards that share interesting facts about autism.
While Alpha Xi Deltas are always happily willing to educate people all about Autism Speaks and autism in general, I wanted to dig just a little deeper. Most people either know someone who has been affected by autism, or at least know of someone who is, and therefore, are ready to help support Autism Speaks. But what I really wanted to know was what distinguishes this philanthropy from others and why is it so important to Alpha Xi Deltas at CBU? Here's what they had to say:
Clearly, Alpha Xi Deltas won't be backing down from their cause anytime soon, but they always need your support! Be sure to be on the lookout for opportunities to get involved with Autism Speaks, especially during Autism Awareness month in April!
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