Red Dress Gala at WWU Raises $3,000
|10/22/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Story by Katie Cannon; photos by Katherine Gaines
It was a night of fundraising, awareness and celebration Oct. 12 as red dresses inundated Tucker Dining Hall. As a result, the women of Alpha Phi at William Woods University raised more than $3,000 for women’s heart health during their annual Red Dress Gala.
The event hosted more than 200 guests, who helped raise the largest amount ever collected from the gala to date. The gala was not only a philanthropy event, but also a celebration for Alpha Phi’s 23 new members who were initiated the week prior.
The night included a catered steak dinner, silent auction and a presentation by Christie Thompson of Jefferson City, Mo., national spokeswomen for Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association.
Thompson spoke not only about prevention and awareness about heart-related illness, but also gave guests a peek into her life as spokeswomen for the Go Red for Women campaign.
This was the fourth year for the budding event and perhaps the most challenging one. Because the attendance had grown beyond the capacity of Aldridge Hall, the gala was moved to Tucker Dining Hall.
“With the increased interest in the event, we found a change of location would be necessary for us to accommodate all of our guests,” Jenny Morris, chapter president, said.
Guests included community members, alumni, faculty, staff and current students, as well as numerous parents on campus for Fall Family Weekend.
All proceeds from the event were donated to Alpha Phi’s national philanthropy, the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports Women’s Heart Health. Each year the foundation offers funding and support for research about the disease including prevention, symptoms and treatment.
- Francesca Fields and Bryce Smithwick
- Katie Hodges and Christie Thompson of Jefferson City, Mo., national spokeswomen for Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association
- Jenny Finch, chair of the event; Tara Seboldt; and Jenny Morris, chapter president
- Members of Alpha Phi
- Katie Zimmer and Ryan Richardson