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Alpha Phi triples efforts of Big (10)
Kaitlin Doty
Antelope Staff
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Sarah Nordhues, a junior education major from Kearney, shows off one of many big prizes Alpha Phi gives out during the Red Dress Poker Tournament. The prize pictured is the annual Vegas trip give away.

February is the month you think of valentines, boxes of chocolate, roses and cheesy gifts, but to the women of 140 different Alpha Phi chapters across the nation, February is the month closest to their hearts.

February is American Heart Month and the Alpha Phi’s national philanthropic event for women’s cardiac care. Last year 350 people in attendance helped Alpha Phi raise $6,092 for the Alpha Phi Foundation. This year the women of Alpha Phi hope to raise $8,000 for the foundation.

The women of the Delta Xi chapter of Alpha Phi host an annual Red Dress Poker Tournament and donate proceeds to the Alpha Phi Foundation. The Alpha Phi Foundation then donates the money toward women’s cardiac care. March 5, 2010, Alpha Phi will hold their fifth annual poker tournament in the Health and Sports Center. 

Claire Aylward, a sophomore math and biology major from Lincoln, the VP of marketing for Alpha Phi heads up the poker tournament this year. Aylward said, “I oversee all the committees for the poker tournament. I work as a liaison between the committee chairs and the rest of the sorority. I handle the big picture as well as work out the little details. We work as one big team to pull off a successful tournament.”

The team has definitely elevated their expectations.“I am most excited to reach a higher goal than last year. I hope to raise more money for the Alpha Phi Foundation and get more participants than last year and really show the good Alpha Phi does,” Aylward said.

On average the Alpha Phi chapters at Big 10 schools raise about $2,000 over a period of three philanthropic events. The Delta Xi chapter here at Kearney has been recognized for their ability to perform such a successful philanthropic event for the year, raising three times as much money as some chapters at Division I schools.

Reporter Kyle McBride

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