Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the USA. More than 350 million individuals with arthritis have severe limitations in function on a daily basis.
Alpha Omicron Pi’s international philanthropy is Arthritis Research and the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation.
Osteoarthritic, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus and osteoporosis are just a few of the various types of arthritis and related conditions that are more prevalent in women. The term, “arthritis,” encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect the joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues. This disease is the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1967, over 1.5 million dollars has been raised by AOII’s and donated through the Foundation to support the mission of conquering arthritis once and for all!
Arthritis effects nearly 70 million American adults, forty-one million of these adults are women and 300,000 are children. During 2017-2019, AOII Chapters and members raised $1,750,000 for the Arthritis Foundation for research and education!
Sigma Tau raises money each year for Arthritis through our “Pi in the Face” Fundraiser, Spike Out Arthritis events, and Blue Week!
If you would like to learn more about our philanthropy, check out the Arthritis Foundation website.
Queen of the Roses 5K
Jasmine Dora Queen was an amazing sister who passed away in August 2008. She is missed greatly by every member of our chapter. The Sigma Tau Chapter decided to honor Jasmine by endowing a scholarship in her name through the AOII Foundation.
We were told that $20,000 had to be raised over 5 years to endow a scholarship. The Queen of the Roses 5K race was born to raise money for this scholarship. In the first year, we were able to put together an amazing event and raised an outstanding $12,000 with the help of the Washington College community. The Queen of the Roses 5K was a great success and a lot of fun! The event was even featured in our international magazine, To Dragma!
This fall we will be having an alumni luncheon with Jasmine’s family in honor of Jasmine and to help raise money for the Jasmine Queen scholarship. In the Spring, we will be having a flag football event for the community and Washington College students and faculty to come play. The proceeds of the event will go towards the Jasmine Queen scholarship.