Sororities Arise for Oswego Nonprofit
Most of the members of ARISE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to employing and assisting people with disabilities, had never had the chance to dress up and attend a prom. Thanks to Christie Foster ’12 and her sisters in Alpha Epsilon Phi, more than 60 prom-goers enjoyed “A Night Under the Stars” in April at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.
A human development major, Foster conceived the idea of a formal dance for the ARISE independent living center.
Foster recruited her Alpha Epsilon Phi sisters for help fundraising. Alumnae of the sorority and sisters from Sigma Delta Tau joined together, donating dresses for the participants.
Foster began reaching out to local businesses to help, including Pathfinder Bank, where she had interned. Bank employees raised money and, along with local merchants, donated dresses as well as formal wear for the men.
AEPhi provided hair and makeup services for ARISE members and made decorated frames for souvenir photos for the prom-goers.
“I thought I was going to have to go around and get (the attendees) to dance, but there wasn’t one person not dancing,” Foster said. “Everyone got to meet new people. It mixed the consumers with the community. Usually all the events take place at ARISE.”
In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those from ARISE, the sorority was positively influenced, too. With every sister in attendance, Foster said that getting together and doing this made some of them want to change their majors to human development.
⎯ Emily Longeretta ’12
The Alpha Epsilon Phi and Sigma Delta Tau sororities organized a “prom night” event in April for members of ARISE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to employing and assisting people with disabilities.
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