On April 2, 2009, Alpha Xi Delta announced our new philanthropic partner, Autism Speaks. Since the launch of the new partnership, Alpha Xi Delta has raised over 3 million dollars to support Autism Speak's "Walk Now For Autism" events throughout the nation.
To show our dedication to Autism Speaks, the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta hosts a variety of events to spread awareness of a disease that affects so many. Our fall philanthropy, Chill by the Grill, invites the Iowa City community to enjoy grilled food while supporting a great cause. During April, Autism Awareness Month, we involve the Greek community and Light It Up Blue by distributing blue lightbulbs to be displayed at their chapter structure. We also spread the world on campus by handing out fliers, pins and bracelets to remind others of this worthy cause. On April 24th, 2016, we held our fourth annual Step It Up 5k for Autism Speaks event. In total, we raised over $25,000 that will benefit those in need. We are incredibly proud of this figure and our philanthropy chairs, Brianna Meister and Gen Strable, for making the 5k successful for yet another year.
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