Actives Raise $10,000+ to Fight Lou Gehrig's Disease

Special Thanks for Alumni Support


Former Detroit Tiger Tom Timmerman joins Phis and Thetas at the event

Michigan Alpha active members held their annual "Walk & Roll" philanthropy fundraiser for ALS (commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease") on March 15, 2008. Including alumni support, the actives raised more than $10,000. We thank the twenty-two alums who individually contributed a total of $1,580 to ALS in conjunction with this event.

We also extend a special thanks to Derek Stevens '89 for his company foundation's $5,000 donation to ALS. Our appreciation is also expressed to Drew Dondero '89 for his role in facilitating this outstanding contribution.

In addition to the Michigan Alpha actives, members of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, U of M students and residents of Ann Arbor participated in the "Walk and Roll" which was held at the Sports Coliseum on campus.

ALS is a major national philanthropic focus of Phi Delta Theta. The disease claimed the life of BrotherGehrig Lou Gehrig (Columbia University '25) and currently afflicts as many as 30,000 Americans. In Michigan, it is estimated that there are more than 1,000 people with ALS, and about 200 who are newly diagnosed on an annual basis.

ALS of Michigan Director Susan Burstein-Kahn said, "We greatly appreciate the hard work of the Michigan Phi Delts to raise much needed money to fight this disease. All the funds will be used to support the mission of ALS of Michigan."

This event marked the third year that Michigan Alpha has raised funds to benefit ALS. All combined, the three "Walk & Roll" events have raised a total of more $35,000.