Ann Arbor, MI – Nineteen University of Michigan fraternities and sororities came together on Saturday, Feb. 21, to raise funds to support the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).
“Winterfest,” which raised $40,000, is an annual philanthropy event planned and hosted by the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and held at Pi Kappa Alpha. Thousands of people came out to watch a Greek life broomball tournament on an ice rink constructed by the brothers of the fraternity.

“I have been so impressed with the efforts of these incredible young men of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, who have devoted months of time, resources, team work, and enthusiasm, to raise funds to improve the quality of life for families impacted by autism,” said Colleen Allen, Ph.D., president and CEO of AAoM.

Allen commended the fraternity for developing a budget, soliciting in-kind services/products and sponsorships throughout Ann Arbor, coordinating and scheduling teams, maximizing profits, setting up a fundraising website, researching marketing options, designing and constructing an ice rink, and most importantly, working with local law enforcement to manage risk and potential problems.

“They raised awareness of autism on campus and were able to successfully fundraise at the same time. It is the best demonstration of what can be accomplished when the efforts of this segment of university life are directed to positive, charitable activities,” Allen said.

The fraternity’s president, Thomas Allen, added, “I had no idea we could raise this much money. Autism is everywhere and students want to help. We have all worked hard to make this a successful event and knowing families will benefit is very rewarding”.

The Autism Alliance of Michigan is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead unprecedented collaboration to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their loved ones through education, comprehensive services, coordinated advocacy, dedication to community, and navigation. Specifically, these efforts will support low income families in attaining resources, access to services and supports and life-saving GPS devices through scholarship opportunities.

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