New York, N.Y. – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announces that Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity has raised $5 million for Autism Speaks. Since 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has been a dedicated partner for Autism Speaks.
In 2015, the fraternity became the official North American sponsor for Autism Speaks Walk, the world’s largest fundraising event to support the diverse needs of the autism community. This milestone demonstrates the commitment and dedication that fraternity members of Alpha Xi Delta continue to put towards advancing Autism Speaks’ mission to improve the lives of people living with autism.
"Our commitment to our partnership with Autism Speaks is such an important part of our Fraternity because it is a part of our lives. Our members are Sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends who are affected by autism,” said Elysia Gallivan, Alpha Xi Delta’s national executive Director. “To reach this milestone of $5 million raised for Autism Speaks is truly amazing. We are so proud to support an organization that works tirelessly to raise autism awareness, fund important research and be an advocate for those affected by autism.”
“Fundraising for Autism Speaks is so important because they are able to provide many answers and resources to families affected by autism,” added Kelsey Gooch, University of New Orleans ’15, and Recipient of Alpha Xi Delta’s 2016 Young Philanthropist of the Year Award. “When Alpha Xi Deltas fundraise and volunteer, it's a special moment for us; we get to see our Symphony in action. We come together as Sisters and as a community to make a positive difference for families. It's a wonderful feeling!”
“We are so grateful for the dedication each Alpha Xi Sister has for our cause. Their exemplary support for our Autism Speaks Walk program, and participation in campaigns such as Light It Up Blue, has played a pivotal role in helping us deliver on our mission to enhance the lives of people with autism,” said Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks. “We couldn’t ask for better partners and congratulate them on meeting this fundraising milestone.”
Autism Speaks Walk is a grassroots movement powered by parents of children on the autism spectrum, generating funds that fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services. Autism Speaks Walks are open to everyone committed to raising money for the important work Autism Speaks does throughout the community. All participants who raise $150 or more qualify for a commemorative 2016 t-shirt.
Register and fundraise for an Autism Speaks Walk today: www.AutismSpeaks.org/Walk.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
About Alpha Xi Delta
Founded in 1893 at Lombard College, now Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential by providing opportunities for Sisterhood, leadership, knowledge and service. The national women’s fraternity has more than 160,000 initiated members and chapters on 128 college campuses. For more information on Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, visit www.alphaxidelta.org.