AAoM’s President and CEO, Colleen Allen, stopped by the Lucy Ann Lance Show- WLBY AM last week to talk all things AAoM and thank fraternities from University of Michigan for a record breaking fundraiser in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor, MI – Thirty-seven University of Michigan fraternities and sororities came together last weekend to raise funds to support the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).
“Winterfest,” exceeded all prior years fundraising levels this year, reaching $120,000, through an online competitive fundraising campaign and team participation fees. Winterfest is an annual philanthropy event planned primarily by the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and hosted at Pi Kappa Alpha, where thousands of students participate in a day-long broomball tournament.
“Every year I am humbled by the passion and commitment of these incredible young men from the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, who have devoted months of time, resources, team work, and enthusiasm, to raise funds for families impacted by autism”, said Colleen Allen, Ph.D., President and CEO of AAoM. Allen commended the fraternity for developing a budget to maximize profits, setting up a fundraising website, coordinating teams and schedules, designing and constructing an ice rink, and most importantly, working with the Dean of Students and local law enforcement to manage risk and potential problems.
The brothers have specifically requested that the funds raised go towards the AAoM GPS program – to purchase life-saving devices for children at risk of wandering. “These guys are literally, saving lives”, said Allen. The students have also requested that a portion of the funds be used to increase education and awareness of autism on campus, throughout the year. “They are raising awareness of autism and fundraising 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.