Saturday, February 19, 2011

Take Heart


It’s February and everywhere you look you are surrounded by vibrant shades of RED! It’s American Heart Month! I hope you are all thinking about heart health and “know your numbers”! I wanted to share with you the impact the Alpha Phi Foundation makes on heart health…and on women’s lives every day!

Alpha Phi Foundation empowers women to be generous givers. Alpha Phi’s raise and award funds for programs that advance leadership development, encourage academic excellence, improve women’s HEART health, support our sisters in need, and educate about the value of philanthropy. I'm thankful for my chapter at Appalachian State University (Theta Nu...and we're celebrating 20 years of service in 2011)!


As an Alpha Phi, I’m incredibly proud of our Foundation and the many lives touched on an annual basis! It truly goes "hand in hand" with the International Pageant Systems National Alliance with GO RED. Both organizations share the same goal...to fight the #1 killer in women. Through the support of Alpha Phi chapters and individual donors, we are sharing our mission on an International basis! Sound familiar? Each year in July, 50+ women from across the globe compete for the title of Mrs. International to share their mission/cause on an International level and promote heart health through the partnership with Go Red For Women.

Below is an example of how gifts from Alpha Phi sisters made an impact during 2010:

(From the Alpha Phi blog)

- 66 merit-based scholarships totaling nearly $135,000 were awarded.

- 51 Forget Me Not grants totaling over $80,000 were given to sisters in need.

- $50,000 Heart to Heart Grant awarded to the Oregon Health and Sciences University Foundation to help fund a landmark study researching women’s heart attack symptoms, and a $25,000 Heart to Heart Grant awarded to the Greater Boston American Heart Association’s women’s heart health outreach.

- 150 collegiate women attended ELI and our 10 ELCs traveled across North America developing our leaders and making our chapters stronger, sponsored by your gifts.

Alpha Phi Foundation makes a difference in women’s lives every day of the year! I'm incredibly blessed to be a part of a legacy (Alpha Phi International and International Pageants, Inc.) that continues to empower women, provide leadership opportunities and build character for a lifetime!

Make it your mission to fight heart disease! Tell 5 women you love that you want them to LIVE! http://www.goredforwomen.org/

AOE,

Shannon

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