Every year, the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi holds two philanthropy events catered toward Women’s Heart Health.
This semester, we hosted our second annual Red Dress Casino Night on September 23rd from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Hartley Room at Florida Tech.
The event was filled with food, a CPR Booth, a photo booth, poker and of course, prizes. All of our prizes were donated from individuals or local vendors around Melbourne. They ranged from Jay-Z concert tickets to a Couple’s Night basket filled with gift certificates.
The directors of Red Dress were Caleigh Covell and Buse Dayioglu. Both of these sisters worked alongside the Vice President of Marketing, Erin Filoramo. With the coordination of these three ladies and the efforts of our chapter, this year’s Red Dress Casino Night was better than ever expected.
The people who came out to Red Dress were incredibly supportive. The guests ranged from town locals, family, friends, fellow students, members of Greek Life, and alumnae from Alpha Phi.
Last year, the sisters raised around $2,800 for the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of Women’s Heart Health. However, this year, the sisters raised $3,200 dollars thanks to the over 160 guests who attended and our community.
Finally, Alpha Phi would like to give a special thanks to Res Life who let us use all of their supplies for this event, allowing it to be such a success. Make sure to check out their Casino Night in the spring!
On August 20th, we welcomed our new fall pledge class of 2017! This day was filled with long-lasting memories and celebration of our six new members.
After a successful recruitment period thanks to our Director of Primary Recruitment – Daniela Magro, VP of Recruitment – Heather Schacht, and chapter president Devon McMahon, the sisters were finally able to celebrate six new members: Britney Laserinko, Carlina Rizzo, Danae Dekker, Nicole Wright, Paige Greiner, and Tyler Prather! As the sisters rocked and rolled while waiting for the arrival of these girls, they decorated the chapter room into a rockin’ theme. Bid Day was an absolute blast with food, music and games, and getting 6 new members made it all the better. APhi/DC was a rockin’ great time, and we can’t wait to see what is in store for the new members!
Senior Sendoff is always very near and dear to the sisters of Alpha Phi because we celebrate the seniors and their accomplishments within the chapter.
Although it may be the end of their career as active members, they become inducted into the Alumnae association of Alpha Phi. This year we held Senior Sendoff on April 23rd, around the end of the Spring semester. This semester there were 10 sisters graduating: Mavi Elena, Devon McMahon, Samara Neufeld, Brooklynn Byford, Lola Barbor, Courtney Arceneaux, Claire Lang, Anna Smith, Jacqueline Cullen, and Sarah Thomas. These wonderful ladies have made incredible contributions to the Alpha Phi chapter at Florida Tech, and have served as role models for other sisters as well. The night began with paper plate awards for every sister within the sorority, then transitioned to giving the Chapter awards to sisters who have made a difference within the chapter. Finally, the graduating sisters were given gifts by their littles and then inducted as Alumnae of Alpha Phi. Senior Sendoffs are always bittersweet, but no matter what these girls will always be sisters, hand to hand and heart to heart.
Greek Week, a time of fun competition and sisterly bonding, began on March 24th for Greek Life.
During the week, there were multiple events that each of the sisters participated in like cornhole, dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and even an event called can-struction. Samara Neufeld represented our chapter as Greek Goddess for the week. As Greek Goddess, it was Samara’s duty to participate in events and raise money for the chosen charity, the Friends of Children of Brevard. Our sisters put their all into the events and had a great time doing so. Ultimately, we came in 1st place for Greek Week and won the title of Greek Goddess. Furthermore, we were fortunate enough to raise a substantial amount of money for the Friends of Children of Brevard, therefore giving back to our local community. Not only were the sisters able to bond with each other, but they had so much fun intertwining and playing with the other Greek chapters at Florida Tech! We can’t wait to do it all again next year!
For our spring semester, we hosted a fun filled event promoting our philanthropy known as King of Hearts!
King of Hearts is a male pageant that raises money for the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of women's heart health and research. On February 24th, we hosted King of Hearts in the Gleason Auditorium at Florida Tech. Our two lovely hosts of the night were Hilarie MacLeod and Ashley Letendre. During the event, participants performed in categories like Q&A, Beach Wear Competition, Talent Portion, and a Cardiac Catwalk. We were incredibly fortunate to have 12 wonderful contestants participate! These contestants were: Ali Abbas, Daniel Ata, Matthew Bomberger, Diego D'Ignazi, Edward Hillen, Syed Ismail, Roberto Martinez, Will Maynard, Evan Nassaney, Warren Prittore, Taylor Sey, and Arnold Yanga.
Each of these contestants put their hearts all in for this pageant. One of the crowd favorites during the pageant was the cardiac catwalk, where the contestants would strut on stage to a song of their choice while wearing an outfit related to women’s heart health. The creativity and enthusiasm from all of the contestants was fantastic, from reading poem’s to dancing to a SpongeBob song, there was not a dull moment during King of Hearts.
After the last event of the night was over, over lovely judges from Phi Sigma Sigma and Res Life collected their votes to choose the top 3 contestants from King of Hearts. While the crowd patiently awaited the announcement of the winners, a video was shown describing what our philanthropy truly means to Alpha Phi. After the video, we showed off all our contestants alongside their coaches from Alpha Phi! Our 3rd Place winner was Mr. Asian Persuasion, Arnold Yanga, our 2nd place winner was Mr. Sey My Name, Taylor Sey. Our 1st place 2017 King of Hearts Winner was Mr. President, Warren Prittore. These fantastic men did a wonderful job at performing and we couldn’t be prouder of them! This event was fabulously run by the VP of Marketing and Advertising, Erin Filoramo, and the Director of Philanthropy, Nicole McCusker. Overall, we raised over 2,800 dollars toward our philanthropy and had such a fun time doing so.
For our final chapter meeting of the year, we had a Christmas party to celebrate 2016. We shared hot chocolate and played fun games and had a gift exchange. We also received adorable little care packages from our Alumnae in Tampa. It was a great way to end an amazing semester with our sisters. We hope everyone has a wonderful break and holiday season.
Women's heart health is very near and dear to our us in Alpha Phi. We hosted our annual Red Dress Gala to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation which supports women's heart health and research. This year we had a casino night which helped us raise about $2,800. It was such a success for our chapter. Thank you everyone who contributed to help make this possible.
The most exciting thing about coming to school in the Fall is not just seeing our sisters but welcoming our amazing new sisters too. This fall we welcomed 11 new members and we could not be more happy to call them our sisters. Bid day is the first day we all get to connect and be together after recruitment! Welcome home new members!
Alpha Phi wins Greek Goddess!
2016 was quite the year for Greek Week. We have many things to celebrate, but winning Greek Goddess was by far our biggest accomplishment. We had overwhelming support from our alumnae, friends, and family. This year we were able to donate (approx.) $2200 to the American Red Cross! Seeing the difference that we can make as a group motivates us to be the best that we can be, and we could not be prouder!