College Fraternity Among Local Organizations Raising Money for Autism

Published 09.25.2013

Student News

The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta and the brothers of Sigma Pi gather in Indian Park for a post-auction photo.The men of Penn College's Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity International and the women of Lycoming College's Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta Women's Fraternity volunteered with members of Connecting the Pieces at the group's recent Autism Community Day. The event was held at Indian Park in Montoursville on Sept. 7 and included games and activities for children, as well as a Chinese auction. It was the first time Sigma Pi volunteered with the group, but the third year for Alpha Xi Delta. The money raised will be donated to local schools for their autism classrooms, training and other needs. Alpha Xi Delta partnered with Autism Speaks in 2009 to help raise funds and awareness for those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Since then, the Iota Mu Chapter has participated in events in the Williamsport area with Connecting the Pieces and Connor’s Connection. Sigma Pi – the only fraternity with an international philanthropic program – jumped at the opportunity to help with Community Day. Connecting the Pieces is planning a series of "Burger Burns" beginning Dec. 14 at Tebb’s Christmas Tree Farm, 1620 Four Mile Drive. Other events in the works include a Scoops Night at Bruster's, a Hiawatha cruise and an Atlantic City bus trip.
Photo provided by Alyssa Riggle, Alpha Xi Delta public relations vice president