The Iota Alpha Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is proud to raise awareness for Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders for the George Mason University community. The world's largest autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, prevention and treatments for Autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with Autism and their families.
With every one in sixty-eight children diagnosed with autism and no known cure, Alpha Xi Delta is committed to helping the lives of children and families affected by autism. We hope our fundraising and awareness efforts can help put one more piece of the autism puzzle in place.
This year, our Philanthropy team and all of our sisters are working hard to get ready for the DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks which Alpha Xi Delta is an official sponsor for. We broke our fundraising record last year with over $17,000 raised by our sisters and we can't wait to raise the bar even higher!
April 2, 2017: Light It Up Blue
Iota Alpha decorated both Southside and Ike's, two of Mason's dining halls, in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. We also held kiosks throughout the week, as well as a Mr. Xi competition which got the various fraternities and their brothers involved in our fundraising.
October 1, 2016: DC Walk Now For Autism Speaks
Our chapter was once again privileged enough to help with the National Walk - we raised over $17,000 and spent the day interacting with the children who attended the walk as well as cheering on the crowds!
April 2, 2016: Light It Up Blue
For our fourth year in a row, our chapter decorated Southside, Mason's main dining hall, as well as Ike's, the dining hall located in President's park. We celebrated World Autism Awareness Day by passing out info sheets, lollipops, and holding mini games for students to participate in.
October 3, 2015: DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Our chapter helped again with the National Walk and we raised over $13,000! Our sisters spent the day helping various activities around the event and gaining a deeper insight into the lives that Autism Speaks touches.
April 2, 2015: Light It Up Blue
Our chapter yet again was lucky enough to decorate Southside, Mason's main dining hall, for the third year. This was in celebration for World Autism Awareness Day. We decorated the walls, windows, handed out pamphlets and bracelets to as many people as we could to raise awareness!
October 5, 2014: DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks!
Our chapter helped set up Olympic themed games which offered our sisters the ability to have a closer interaction with Autism Speaks. Together we were able to raise over $13,000 and help Autism Speaks and Autism awareness.
April 2, 2014: Light It Up Blue & Puzzlepalooza!
For the second year, the Iota Alpha chapter had the privilege of decorating Southside, Mason's main dining hall for World Autism Awareness Day, decorating the walls and windows to raise awareness. As part of our AmaXIng Challenge event, we sponsored PuzzlePalooza, a puzzle completion competition.
November 2013: DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks
This year, our chapter raised over $10,000 for the annual walk in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall. Through our kids' carnival we helped raise awareness and donations for Autism Speaks and Autism awareness with fun games and activities sponsored in part by the Home Depot.
April 2, 2013: Light It Up Blue & World Autism Awareness Day
For the first time in George Mason history, our chapter with the help of the Office of Disability Services decorated Southside dining facility in honor of Worldwide Autism Awareness Day. This was a tremendous success for our chapter, raising both funds and awareness for Autism Speaks!
November 2012: Walk Now for Autism Speaks
This year we were recognized by Autism Speaks as being one of the top three fundraisers for the Walk in Washington DC. At the time of the walk, our chapter had raised $9,377.75.
April 2012: Xi Field Day
Our chapter hosted a field day for Autism awareness month. Teams of 2 competed in different events and relays. This was our first field day, and it ended up being a major success. Our chapter raised around $600 for Autism.
November 2011: Football FrenXi
A flag football tournament, where students were given the opportunity to form teams among their organizations or friends to compete for an AmaXIng Challenge trophy. Between concessions and registration fees, our chapter raised over $500 donated to Autism Speaks.
October 2011: National Walk Now for Autism Speaks
April 2011: Xi Marks the Spot
In this "amazing race" philanthropy event, sisters spread awareness of autism disorders to the Mason community by engaging other student organizations in mental and physical activities around campus. The event raised $750.
October 2010: National Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Once again the Iota Alpha Chapter was proud to run the children's carnival on the National Mall for this event! Our chapter raised over $10,000 through combined fundraising efforts.