Alpha Phi to host Red Dress Gala for women’s heart health

Gabriel Nair, Staff writer

Alpha Phi is putting on their annual philanthropy event, the Red Dress Gala, Saturday, April 14. The Red Dress Gala has been one of the ways that Alpha Phi helps raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports research and educational programs relating to the improvement of women’s heart health.

This year’s red dress gala will be held at the Falls Event Center on 510 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available to be bought from the following link: The tickets for cost $15 for students and $20 for adults.

Throughout the even, guests will be able to donate as much money as they want through activities such as the silent auction. Additionally, there will be carnival games and an educational speaker for women’s health. At this year’s Red Dress Gala, there will also be a performance from Linfield’s acapella group, Not Your Forte.

Last year, Alpha Phi was able to raise approximately $6000 for women’s health. This year, they hope to not only match that amount, but beat.

“Alphi Phi is very excited to stand together to raise awareness for women’s heart health. For this year’s Red Dress Gala, I am hoping to see more student and faculty participation!” said Katie Carmody, ’19, Alpha Phi’s Vice-President of Community Relations.

The president of Alpha Phi, Aspen Brooks, ’19, also made a point of explaining why this philanthropy is so personal for her. “On a personal level, my younger sister has a minor heart condition. Her doctors know how to manage it and help keep her healthy, but not everyone is that lucky. Raising money so that everyone with a family member with a heart condition has that surety that their loved one is receiving the best care and medicine possible is important to me,” Brooks said.

“I’d say that red dress is an amazing opportunity to bring light to women’s heart health and bringing our community together while talking about such an important issue. I find it really empowering and uplifting, and I love inviting my favorite ladies,” said Emily Lowery, ’18.