PHI-LANTHROPY: WHAT WE DO
Service and Philanthropy are cornerstones of Alpha Phi and are truly close to our heart. Chapman's Alpha Phi’s hold and participate in many service activities to give back to our community, bettering ourselves and the place we call home. Our philanthropic efforts primarily focus on our Fraternity’s International cause, the Alpha Phi Foundation, which raises awareness and funds to research the number one killer of women in America—heart disease.
In 1956, Alpha Phi was the first women’s fraternity to establish a Foundation. The Alpha Phi Foundation is a non-profit organization, which raises money benefitting women's heart health and provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.
HOW WE DO IT: RED DRESS GALA
We are proud to say that Chapman Alpha Phi was one of the first chapters to host the Red Dress Gala. Eta Upsilon's commitment to Philanthropy has been clearly demonstrated since our chapter's colonization in 1989. In the past 20 years, Chapman Alpha Phi has raised over $408,513 with its philanthropy events! In 2019, we raised over $100,000 in one night at our annual Red Dress Gala event. We are very proud of our continued progress in our contributions, and we are very thankful for the support from our community and families.
The "Red Dress Gala," an evening of dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions, has raised over $265,000. Funds raised at the Gala support the Alpha Phi Foundation, whose focus is Women's Cardiac Care, leadership programming and member development.
MR. ALPHA PHI + ALPHA PHIFA
Locally, Chapman Alpha Phi also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation at our annual "Mr. Alpha Phi" and "Alpha Phifa" events. Mr. Alpha Phi is modeled after a typical beauty pageant. Male participants representing each Greek organization at Chapman University compete for the title in personality, talent, evening wear and Q & A categories.
Alpha Phifa is an annual soccer tournament that welcomes anyone willing to participate. Teams are formed and the competition begins! The day is filled with music, snacks, games, and laughter. The winner of the tournament is awarded a prize from the Eta Upsilon chapter. Money is raised through the teams as well as donations. In 2009, we were thrilled to be able to grant a wish to Cadence, a 5-year-old girl with a severe heart condition. She and her family spent a fantastic week together at Disneyland!