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October 08, 2012


The University of Montana chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority will host its third annual Red Dress Gala and Casino Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the University Center Ballroom.

The event will feature casino games and prizes, a silent auction, desserts and drinks and is a fundraiser for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women’s cardiac-care research. The chapter raised more than $5,000 at the event last year, and Alpha Phi collegiate chapters across the country raised a collective $2.8 million in 2011.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $45 each, $70 per couple and $25 for UM students. They are available by calling Carly Drain, Alpha Phi’s vice president of marketing, at 406-209-6772, or by emailing Tickets at the door will cost $50 each or $80 per couple.

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

“Heart disease takes the lives of more women in the country than any other disease each year, yet so many don’t even know they’re at risk,” Drain said. “Alpha Phi is committed to raising awareness and money for cardiac-care research with this fun event for the UM and Missoula communities.”

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 is comprised of more than 150 collegiate chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. 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.


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Contact: Carly Drain, UM Alpha Phi vice president of marketing, 406-209-6772,