Each semester, the Alpha Omega Pi Sorority participates in numerous philanthropic events because we believe that it truly makes a difference in other people's lives, not to mention our own.
Every spring, we host the Greek God Competition for breast cancer and donate the money to the American Cancer Society. Fraternity members compete in a mock-beauty pageant that is judged by sorority presidents. It's a great opportunity for members of Greek life to bond over a worthy cause.
For several years we have participated in a wheelchair basketball game with our brother fraternity, Sigma Nu Chi. We compete against a professional wheelchair basketball team. Needless to say, they beat us every time; however, we have a blast playing and help raise money for exceptional children at the same time.
In recent years, we've taken extreme pride in helping out our sisters in need. This has included huge fundraisers for cancer operations, donating money to relatives in the hospital, simply raising funds to causes close to our personal lives, etc.
In Spring 2013 we ran a fundraiser for Quinn Linzer. At just 3 months old, baby Quinn was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Disease Type A. This is an extremely rare genetic lysosomal storage disease- explained more on the family's blog. There has been no cure found as of yet, and Quinn's life expectancy ranges anywhere from 15 months to 3 years. Quinn's family (residents of our sister Kristin Viceconte's hometown of Lynbrook, NY) created a list of everything a girl should do in her lifetime, and we raised money for the family to complete at least a few of these things by selling bracelets that say, "I Support Quinn's WonderFULL Life"
In the 2012-2013 school year, one of our sisters was the chair for the 3rd Annual Anna's Ball, and 3 other sisters were on the committee. In the Spring of 2010, the Inter Greek Council adopted Anna’s Wish as their official philanthropy after hearing Anna’s story from her father, Jeff McKinney (Geneseo alumnus) at Relay for Life. Throughout the year, IGC hosts various fundraising events leading up to Anna’s Ball. Anna’s Ball is a formal mocktail party held on campus that is aimed at raising money for Anna’s Wish and for honoring and remembering the organization’s namesake, Anna McKinney.
A number of sisters have participated in the Livingston CARES trips to help rebuild parts of Biloxi, Mississippi, and the work trip in Fall 2011 to help those affected by flooding in Alumni Rose Ashley Holmes' hometown, Binghamton, New York.Since the Fall 2011 semester we have been involved in the Geneseo Day of Caring, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Rochester, the Rent the Runway One Knight Stand for Fashion Show to benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and the Adopt-A-Family program.
We also donate clothing to the Good Will, collect canned goods for food shelters, and participate in both the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and Relay for Life, amongst other local walks. This past year alone, we donated $900 to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! Check out our support for one of our own sister's aunt's fundraising here.
If you have any questions about our philanthropic activities, please contact our Philanthropic Chair, Bridget Clancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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