UM Alpha Phi Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Women’s Heart Health Research

February 03, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority will host its sixth annual Red Dress Gala from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Ranch Club in Missoula.

The fundraiser will feature music and entertainment, a silent auction, and food and beverages. All proceeds will go to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women’s cardiac-care research. Chi chapter has raised more than $20,000 since its first Red Dress Gala in 2010, and Alpha Phi collegiate chapters across the country raised a collective $2.36 million in 2014.

Tickets cost $35 each, $60 per couple and $15 for UM students. They are available in advance online at or at the door.

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,” said Shelby Wheeler, Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala co-chair. “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 comprises 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.

Contact: Shelby Wheeler and Danielle Tribble, UM Alpha Phi Red Dress co-chairs,