Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 by a group of parents whose children suffered from CF. These parents shared the mission to find a cure for this disease. Delta Phi Epsilon chapters support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through donations to support research to find a cure for CF and to improve the quality of life for the 70,000 children and young adults with this disease.
To help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Phi Upsilon Chapter at RMU holds an annual event called Deepher Dude. Each fall semester fraternities, clubs, and other organizations are represented by students that participate in a male beauty pageant. This year, through the donations of friends and family as well as ticket sales, our chapter raised over $4500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)
Established in 1976, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. is the first nonprofit eating disorder organization. ANAD seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Advocating for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors, ANAD promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention, and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families, and professionals.
Of 26 National Panhellenic Council Sororities, Delta Phi Epsilon is the only one that sponsors an organization that focuses exclusively on eating disorders. ANAD hosts an annual Candlelight Vigil in order to commemorate those who have lost their lives to eating disorders and to celebrate those who have recovered. The ANAD Candlelight Vigil has been selected as Delta Phi Epsilon's International Service Day Event in order to raise awareness. Since 1989, chapters and alumnae associations throughout the United States and Canada host ANAD Candlelight Vigils.
The Phi Upsilon chapter dedicates a full week during the spring semester to ANAD. Events held throughout the week include a fashion show, Zumba, various fundraisers, and much more. .
Delta Phi Epsilon Education Foundation
At the 1966 Convention in Detroit, Michigan and in honor of the Golden Anniversary, the membership voted to found the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation (The Foundation), to serve our sisters and their legacies with educational scholarships. This was pivotal as prior to the creation of The Foundation there was no way to support sisters financially.
Emerging with more growth in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the influence and benevolent heart of Past International President Harriette Hirsch shaped the new and wider course for The Foundation. It grew to be more responsive to all needs, with the vision of helping sisters heart to heart and hand to hand. Harriette saw the needs of sisters were beyond educational and that tragedy can often strike leaving sisters needing urgent financial help. To this sentiment, The Harriette Hirsch Sisterhood Fund was created in her honor by her husband Paul in 1994. At its creation, he said it was in honor of her personal credo, “Sisters helping sisters.”
In the recent past, The Foundation expanded to provide its own resources and the funding for educational development. Such things include collegiate chapter officer training, the development of manuals and other training materials, sponsoring community service events and projects, as well as, funding keynote speakers and materials for the biennial convention.