The Theta Phi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is excited to bring Autism Speaks to UAB. We engage the entire university through tabling all across campus. The surrounding community is encouraged to participate through percentage nights at local restaurants as well as Light It Up Blue throughout April. Here at UAB, Alpha Xi has a strong connection to Mitchell’s Place, a school designed for autistic children to thrive. Our philanthropy reaches far beyond the borders of campus. Below is a brief summary of some of our staple events throughout the year.
Every fall, we host ‘Baked Xiti’, our first official philanthropy event of the academic year. Sisters get together before the event and bake the delicious ziti from scratch. Money is raised through the tickets we sell for a full meal with desert and a drink! We invite families from Mitchell's Place, students, faculty, as well as people from all around the community to enjoy a great meal. This event helps raise both funds and awareness for Autism Speaks as well as promote the awareness of and participation in our flavor run shortly after.
Our major philanthropy event in the fall consists of our chapter and our local Autism Speaks community partnering to support the Flavor Run which is able to get both our campus community and local community involved in our efforts to help Autism Speaks raise both awareness and funding to support our joint cause. The real fun begins when the race starts. Sisters get to throw the fruity-flavored power at the runners as they pass by. This year, our chapter was able to raise nearly $21,000 in support of Autism Speaks at this event.
Our major philanthropy event in the spring is ‘Get Lost’ with Alpha Xi Delta. Before the event date, sisters ask students, friends, and even faculty to volunteer to participate. Finally, the day arrives, and we are setup on the green and ready for the fun. The volunteers are ‘stranded on our island’ and can only get off the island through enough donations. Being ‘stuck’ isn’t all that bad, volunteers and sisters play beach games, like sand volleyball, football, and corn hole. We can even make sandcastles. This event is so much more than a day on the beach. This event brings UAB and the surrounding community together to help raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect day!