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No poker faces for this good cause: Alpha Phi hosts fifth annual Red Dress Poker Tournament
Jennifer Kardell
Antelope Staff
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The Alpa Phi ladies always dress to the nines in red for this fundraising event. Members aim to raise more than $10,000 and increase attendance.

The Alpha Phi ladies are hoping for a “full house” at their fifth annual Red Dress Poker Tournament March 5 at 5 p.m. in the UNK Health and Sports Center. Registration for the tournament will begin at 4:30 p.m.

This tournament has been a popular event on campus in the last few years, and the sorority hopes to keep bringing the tournament back to give to a great cause. “All of the proceeds of our poker tournament go to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which is then distributed to the American Heart Association. Since cardiac care is the leading cause of death for women in America, each year we try to raise even more than the year before,” said Allie Nightingale, a junior elementary education major from Kearney and the president of A-Phi.

In the past, the ladies have raised as much as $10,000 for the American Heart Association. The 2010 goal is to surpass this amount and increase attendance. In order to achieve their goals, they are asking for donations and prizes that will excite the community to attend the event.

“This is our major philanthropic event that we hold each spring. It’s the one event that really allows us to give to our foundation each year. It’s so great to see all of our hard work pay off and getting the college campus as well as the Kearney community involved in an event that contributes to such a great cause,” Nightingale said.

If you have never been to the tournament, you may wonder what exactly happens?

“The Red Dress Poker Tournament is pretty much just as it sounds. All of the Alpha Phi women dress up in red dresses while the people involved play poker. We have tons of prizes that are either donated by businesses of Kearney or that we put together ourselves. The event lasts a few hours until there is a final table, and then finally a winner. We provide snacks and beverages and everyone usually has a great time.” Nightingale said.  

The Alpha Phi is hosting the anual event for its fifth year and has always been prided themselves on this event as well as their work as a sorority on campus.

The sorority has achieved the highest GPA of all the sororities for the last 24 of 27 semesters. They group dedicates themselves to community service and gets involved with other volunteer organizations. Alpha Phi promotes sisterhood, leadership and service.

Anyone interested in more information on the event or those who are interested in attending the event can purchase tickets from any member of Alpha Phi for $12 or tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. Some of the prizes include a trip to Las Vegas, Husker tickets and free rounds of golf at the Country Club.

Individuals can also purchase tickets in the student union March 1-4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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