Chi Phi, Alpha Phi raise money for cancer research by selling baked goods, lemonade

BY STEELE SCHAUER ’15
Greek Life Ambassador

Last week, Chi Phi and Alpha Phi held a community service event to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity. Representatives from Chi Phi and Alpha Phi sold lemonade and baked goods from a table in Steinman College Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday this past week.

Over 100 Chi Phi brothers and Alpha Phi sisters participated in the fundraiser by either manning the table in the College Center, making lemonade, or baking cupcakes. According to Mary Reidy ’15, Alpha Phi’s director of community service, two Alpha Phi sisters met every night during the fundraiser to bake fresh cupcakes for the event. All proceeds went to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

“Every little bit helps and counts, and not only does funding help the research, but the awareness makes a difference, too,” Reidy said. “Our event is something everyone seems to be able to relate to because cancer seems to be affecting so many people.”

Community service is an important activity for Alpha Phi, which has already organized 13 events and is working on another. This Wednesday, for example, the sisters will be going to the Lancaster Science Factory to help put together packages for children.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a national fundraising movement that began in 2009. Started by 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the movement began when Alex held a lemonade stand on her front lawn and dreamt of raising money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex’s original lemonade stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the United States.

“The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $60 million around the United States, but they still need help,” Reidy said.

Anyone interested in making a donation of his or her own can do so at the following web address
http://www.alexslemonade.org/OSPGD

Questions? Email Steele at schauer@fandm.edu.

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