Alpha Xi Delta's Partnership with Autism Speaks™
Alpha Xi Delta proudly supports Autism Speaks. As the world's largest autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Alpha Xi Delta college chapters and alumnae associations across the country are committed to raising autism awareness in their communities and fundraising in support of Autism Speaks.
The Zeta Xi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is excited to bring Autism Speaks to the Auburn University campus community. Our sisters look forward to increasing autism awareness on our campus and working with Autism Speaks. With 1 in 59 children diagnosed with autism, Alpha Xi Delta is committed to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism. We conduct a number of large and small scale projects throughout the year to help raise awareness and funds on behalf of those effected by autism spectrum disorders.
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To date, the our chapter has raised over $500,000 for Autism Speaks! We have also earned many local and national awards for our philanthropic projects!
"Illuminate" is a fundraising project designed by sisters to engage and involve more members of the Auburn Family. The idea for Illuminate began after chapter sisters hosted a incredibly successful Kendra Scott trunk show. Kendra Scott generously agreed to donate a portion of all proceeds directly to Autism Speaks. Expanding on this concept, "Illuminate" was born. This is a boutique shopping event held in the Alpha Xi Delta chapter room. Some of our best boutiques including Raw & Rebellious, Therapy, Fabrik, Serendipity and KDenise Jewlery participate in this event and have committed to donate 10% of the proceeds of sales directly to Autism Speaks. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Letters of Love
Our chapter conducts a grass routes letter writing campaign as well as an online giving campaign to collect tax deductible donations to benefit our national philanthropic partner, Autism Speaks. Our "Letters of Love" campaign kicks off in October and closes in December. During the 2018-2019 academic year, sisters we able to raise over $70,000 on behalf of Autism Speaks!
April is Autism Awareness month. Each spring, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta host a "Shine On" awareness campaign in conjunction with Autism Speaks "Light it Up Blue". Sisters distribute blue ribbons, flyers for the event and custom Gigi’s cupcakes on the concourse. During the day, there is live entertainment, games, free food and beverages for attendees. In the evening, there is a presentation in front of Cater Hall where community advocates, parents and educators help raise awareness for Autism spectrum disorders. This historic building is just one of thousands across the country that are lit up blue to serve as a reminder of our commitment to raising awareness to this national health care crisis. Event attendees wear blue glow necklaces, stickers, and lanyards.
Blue balloons were passed out before the ceremony began and attendees were encouraged to write the names of friends or family members that they know who may be on the spectrum. The balloons were released at the end of the ceremony to celebrate World Autism Awareness day. Sisters also host various restaurant benefit nights at local restaurants. All of the proceeds go directly to Autism Speaks.
With 1 in 59 children on the autism spectrum, the chances are high that you have a family friend or a co worker who has a child who may be on the spectrum. With your help, we know we can help "Illuminate" the path of support and resources that Autism Speaks provides to families across the country!