Gamma Omega Donates $5000+ to Foundation
For Immediate Release
November 28, 2017
Gamma Omega Chapter Donates More than $5,000 to Fight Food Insecurity by Hosting Dress Down to Fill Up Dinner
The Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Alabama at Birmingham donated $5,200 to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation to contribute to the Fraternity’s national philanthropy efforts to combat food insecurity. The inaugural dinner, Dress Down to Fill Up, was held on November 11, 2017 at Cahaba Brewing Company and raised awareness of the needs within their community and raised money to address the need on a national level. The event successfully achieved both goals. The chapter’s philanthropy co-coordinator, Anna Caroline Adkins, stated, “This donation wouldn't have been possible without all of the support that was given from our sisters, attendees and area business sponsors. Part of our fraternity’s purpose is to make an impact in the community where we are placed, and we are honored to host an event that brings awareness to the realities of food insecurity and makes a real impact in addressing the issue.”
Amanda Sherman, the chapter’s philanthropy advisor shared, “Food Insecurity is living without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food insecurity is reality for 42 million Americans, 13 million of those are children. Alpha Gamma Delta is committed to addressing this need by donating money, food, and volunteering our services where needed. This fundraising event is a first step in making a positive difference in these statistics.” Sherman continued, “The support and participation in Dress Down to Fill Up was truly overwhelming, and we will make a difference in the fight against food insecurity. Thanks to the generosity of event attendees, sponsors and friends, lives will be changed. Those facing food insecurity in our UAB family will receive assistance through Blazer Kitchen, and those in need around the country will be aided by the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation and its partners Feeding America and Meals on Wheels.”
During the dinner, attendees heard from Jessica Procter, Miss Alabama 2017, and Lisa Higginbotham, Benevolent Fund Program Manager at UAB. Both speakers share Alpha Gamma Delta’s passion for fighting hunger. Attendees learned about their efforts in addressing hunger in their communities. Procter spoke on her platform - Step Up to the Plate and Fifth Quarter, which she started at the University of Alabama. Higginbotham introduced Blazer Kitchen, a food pantry on UAB’s campus that is open to students and faculty. Attendees were enlightened to the need and encouraged how efforts are underway on a local and national level to help people living with food insecurities.
The event’s sponsors include, Alabama Farmers Cooperative Inc. New Hope, Veal Convention Services, Made in the Deep South, Jim N Nicks, Insomnia Cookies, Mason Dixon Bakery, Thirty One Boutique, Advanced AV Tech, Antonia and Michael Lalor, Coldwater Ministries, Ever Serendipity Boutique, Family Styling Salon, Harold Weaver, John and Maureen Riski, Robert Duncan, Rockin Bobbin, Sue Glaze, The Monterio-Pai Family, and The Raby Family.
About Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity
Alpha Gamma Delta was officially founded on May 30, 1904 at Syracuse University. Each of the Fraternity’s 11 founders were progressive women who selflessly contributed to the foundation and growth of Alpha Gamma Delta. Since the founding, collegiate chapters have been installed at more than 180 colleges and universities across North America and more than 155,000 women have become Alpha Gam sisters. Guided by the Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose, Alpha Gamma Deltas strive to attain a higher standard, thereby improving their lives, the lives of those around them and the communities in which they live. Together, Alpha Gamma Delta continually works to inspire the woman and impact the world.
About Alpha Gamma Delta Gamma Omega Chapter
The Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta was founded at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1978. As a sisterhood, Alpha Gam exists to provide opportunities for personal development through the spirit of sisterhood, education and philanthropic efforts. Gamma Omega also works hard to support their philanthropy which benefits the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Feeding America, and Meals on Wheels through numerous events throughout the year.