Philanthropy and service are two things that Alpha Phi's make a priority. Our philanthropy focuses on women's heart health. In order to raise money for this cause, we hold annual events such as our Red Dress Gala and Go Red Week. Psi Chapter gives back to the Vermillion community by hosting Alpha Phi Taco Phi'st, an all-you-can-eat taco bar, with proceeds benefiting the Vermillion Backpack Program. Alpha Phi also has a foundation, which has a mission to empower women to be generous givers by raising and awarding funds for programs that advance leadership development, encourage academic excellence, improve women's heart health and support sisters in need.
Red Dress Gala
Red Dress Gala is Alpha Phi's annual philanthropy event that is held in Sioux Falls, SD each Fall. Families, friends and alumni are invited to spend an elegant evening of food, drinks and fun at a formal venue. The event holds a live and silent auction, wine grab, and raffle. All proceeds from Red Dress Gala go to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which benefits Heart Health for Women.
In 2015, Psi Chapter alone raised over $28,000!
Go Red Week
Go Red Week is an entire week in February dedicated to raising awareness for women's heart health. Alpha phi puts on various events including a zumbathon, Hoops for Hearts basketball tournament, Jail and Bail, Pie an APhi and a blood drive. Our most popular event from the week is our Jail and Bail, or Cardiac Arrest. Prominent USD figures, USD athletes, and fraternity and sorority presidents are "cuffed for a cause". They are locked up and in order for them to "get out of jail," they must get $100 donated!
All of the money (and blood!) raised during this week again goes to women's heart health. Over $1,500 was raised in 2016! Saving lives and having fun doing it!
Alpha Phi Taco Phi'st
Alpha Phi Taco Phi'd is an annual all-you-can-eat taco bar held in April in Vermillion. USD students, faculty, and the Vermillion community come out for an evening of great food, music, a jalapeño eating contest, and a photo booth filled with fun props! This past year Alpha Phi added a carnival for families in Vermillion. The carnival included games, face painting, and balloon animals! All proceeds support the Vermillion Backpack Program.
Alpha Phi is proud to announce that we raised more than $4,500 in 2016! Thank you to everyone who came to support this amazing cause!