Ann Parden, currently the Director of the Red Dress Gala - was the previous VP Marketing but now that position is held by the fabulous Julia Good!
Can you give us some background on the Red Dress Gala event?
This year will be the 10th Red Dress Gala put on by the Zeta Gamma Chapter! As a chapter we have done amazing philanthropy work, including donating more than $600,000 to the Alpha Phi Foundation in the chapter's lifetime, something we are genuinely proud of!
What has been the best part of planning this event?
I am looking forward to the actual event on
the team work of the chapter and the support of our community of family and friends. ! But so far the best part has been the inspiration from the sisters in our chapter. From a desert table donated by one of the senior families to a recommendation by a sophomore for the Preference Choir to perform at the event. The success comes from
How is Red Dress unique from other Alpha Phi philanthropy events?
The Red Dress Gala is an opportunity to share Alpha Phi with our families. Many of the other events are geared towards students and the community. Red Dress is special, the freshmen families get to meet new friends while the senior families celebrate four fantastic years. There is a lot to celebrate at the Red Dress Gala!
What are you most excited about for Red Dress 2015?
ALL OF IT! I want to keep a few surprises for the event, but guests can look forward to amazing auction items, good company, and a reason to get up and dance.
What has made the Zeta Gamma Chapter successful at fundraising in the past?
Team work and passion. My passion stems from a friendship and sisterhood in Alpha Phi that existed before I was born. I am lucky enough to have my mother and godmother both Zeta Gamma Alpha Phis and both kick-ass philanthropists and amazing women. They are both a huge personal influence and wh
y I wanted to take part in the philanthropy. But every girl in Alpha Phi has their own story and reasons to be passionate, and combining all these make for a unique, personal, and successful event.
How do you think being an Alpha Phi has impacted you as you head off into the real world in a few short months?
I'm an engineer so a position like VP of Marketing came with a lot of new skills and a bit of a learning curve. Those skills are what will give me an extra edge as I venture off into the real world.
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