Oct 23, 2013

Alpha Phi ‘Red Dress Gala’ to raise money for women’s heart health, American Heart Association research

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of South Dakota is hosting its annual “Red Dress Gala” philanthropy event at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Sioux Falls Holiday Inn City Centre.

In addition to silent and live auctions, the Gala will feature a cocktail social, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. All proceeds from the evening will support the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports research of Women’s Heart Health and the American Heart Association. Attendees are invited to wear red or add a red accent to their attire.

Sponsors of the 2013 Red Dress Gala include: Bare Escentuals, Bracco, Brittany Elizabeth Photography, CH Patisserie, Coach, Complete Nutrition, Energy Event Group, Flower Mill, Jeff Sampson Photography, JJ’s Wine Spirits, & Cigars, JL Beers, Minerva’s, Northwestern Mutual-Theobald Financial Group, Pizza Ranch, Signature Homestyles, Sanford, Spezia, Top Dog Kennels, University of South Dakota, Vera Bradley and Wiley’s Tavern.

The women of Alpha Phi Sorority have sold more than 600 tickets to this weekend’s event. Tickets are available online ($25 for adults, $15 for students or two adult tickets for $40) at http://reddressgalapsichapter.eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact Alissa Thomsen at (605) 929-4376 or email: Alissa.Thomsen@coyotes.usd.edu.

About Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi international Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first Greek societies for women. Alpha Phi is dedicated to promoting sisterhood, cultivating leadership, encouraging intellectual curiosity, and advocating service. The organization is comprised of more than 150 collegiate chapters and more than 130 alumnae chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada.

About The Alpha Phi Foundation

The Alpha Phi Foundation is the fraternity’s philanthropic and educational partner. Through contributions from chapters, individual members and friends, the foundation supports women’s cardiac health and other charitable and educational projects. Proceeds from Red Dress Gala events will go directly to the Alpha Phi Foundation to support causes that raise awareness of and fund research for women’s heart health. Together, Alpha Phi International Fraternity and Foundation develop character for a lifetime.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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