“Violets for My Sister” Help Alumnae in Financial Distress

Established to provide emergency financial assistance to alumnae who find themselves in financial distress, the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation’s Clasped Hands Fund has helped 116 sisters with grants totaling more than $307,000.

The fund started with contributions received at Grand Convention in 1993. The Clasped Hands Fund was endowed in 1997 thanks to the generosity of Deen Day Sanders, Beta Sigmaโ€”Mercer University, 1952. For many years, gifts to the Clasped Hands Fund were recognized with a silk violet tied to attendee nametags at Convention; a violet appliquรฉ was introduced at the 150th Anniversary Convention in 2001.

Sisters Claire Brown Gwaltney and Mary Simeoli proudly wearing their violets at Convention in 2013
Sisters Claire Brown Gwaltney and Mary Simeoli proudly wearing their violets at Convention in 2013

“Violets for My Sister” is now an annual tradition during both Grand Convention and Leadership Seminar. At Grand Convention in 2013, the generous contributions of sisters and guests raised more than $33,000 for the Clasped Hands Fun. Sisters who had a gift made in their honor proudly displayed their violets on their nametags.

With a gift of $5 to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, anyone can participate in the “Violets for My Sister” program, even if they’re not attending Convention. Violets in honor of sisters not attending will be mailed following Convention. To make your gift in honor of a sister whose friendship has been important to you, please visit www.violetsformysisters.org or contact the Foundation office at (404) 378-3164.

Pre-Convention orders received by 10 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2015 will be available at the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation display for honoree pick-up. Violets will also be available from the Foundationย display during Convention.

Gifts to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law, and all gifts received through the “Violets for My Sister” program benefit the Foundation’s Clasped Hands Fund.

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