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Alpha Phi at USD to raise funds for Vermillion Backpack Program through annual Alpha Phi-esta

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of South Dakota will host its annual “Alpha Phi-esta” philanthropy event at the Vermillion Armory from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.

Proceeds from “Alpha Phi-esta” will be donated to the Vermillion Backpack Program, a nonprofit program designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available. “Alpha Phi-esta” includes a buffet of Mexican cuisine as well as live entertainment, piñatas and a jalapeño-eating contest.

The event is open to the public, including USD faculty members and students, and Vermillion residents. The fraternity or residence hall with largest turnout of participants will receive a platter of treats from the women of Alpha Phi. Ticket prices are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. A family package is also available for $15 (two adults and two children).

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 United States and Canada. 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.

For more information about “Alpha Phi-esta” or to schedule an interview with Alayna Ackerman, Alpha Phi spokesperson, please call (605) 431-6984 or email:


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News