UM’s Alpha Phi to Host Gala to Benefit Women’s Heart Health

February 06, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority will host its seventh annual Red Dress Gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Fort Missoula’s Heritage Hall.

The fundraiser will feature music and entertainment, food and beverages, and silent and live auctions, with Missoula Mayor John Engen serving as the auctioneer.

Single tickets cost $40 or $35 for seniors (60-plus). Couples can purchase tickets for $75, and tickets for UM students cost $25. Tickets are available in advance and can be purchased online at or at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women’s cardiac care research. UM’s chapter has raised nearly $30,000 for the foundation since its first Red Dress Gala in 2010, and Alpha Phi collegiate chapters across the country collectively raised $2.5 million during the 2015-16 academic year.

Attendees are encouraged to wear formal red attire or red accents to raise awareness for heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.

“Each minute, one woman dies from heart disease in the United States,” said event co-chair Kaitlin Rasor. “Our goal through the Red Dress Gala and the Alpha Phi Foundation is to increase education and awareness about this deadly disease, to bring that number down. What is the most shocking about this disease is approximately 90 percent of all women have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Knowing your risks can potentially save your life, which is why educating others about this cause is so important to the women of Alpha Phi.”

Alpha Phi International Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first Greek societies for women. Alpha Phi is dedicated to promoting sisterhood, cultivating leadership, encouraging intellectual curiosity and advocating service. The organization comprises more than 150 collegiate chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Chi chapter of Alpha Phi was established at UM in 1918.

The Alpha Phi Foundation is the sorority’s philanthropic and educational partner. Through contributions from chapters, individual members and friends, the foundation supports women’s cardiac health and other charitable and educational projects.

For more information about the event, email Rasor or Hannah Zuraff at



Contact: Kaitlin Rasor and Hannah Zuraff, UM Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala co-chairs,