Alpha Phi Gamma Speaks On Violence Awareness Nationwide Statement



Sisters Around the Country Join Forces To Establish First Annual National Philanthropy Event

Las Vegas, NV, March 25, 2013 – Alpha Phi Gamma sisters across the nation are joining forces to host their first uniformed annual philanthropy event, APhiG Speaks, in support of the fight against violence towards women. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the following campuses: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Northern Illinois University; San Diego State University; University of Arizona; DePaul University; Michigan State University; University of Missouri; Colorado State University; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Reno; and University of Illinois, Chicago.

The events scheduled to take place include information tables, the passing out of white ribbons to show support, workshops, and an hour vow of silence, in which supporters will place tape over their mouths to pay respects to their silent victims. “The issue of violence is such a touchy subject, says Stella Mae Fuentes, Alpha Phi Gamma’s National President, “because a majority of the time, we aren’t even aware who are victims are and that this is even happening.” Sharing her passion for the issue, she later states, “We want to help our victim’s find a voice, even when they are unable to.”

While Alpha Phi Gamma has always held philanthropies in support of this cause since their founding in 1994, this will be the first time that all APhiG campuses unite on the same day to raise awareness on all forms of violence towards women. “Although our national philanthropy focuses on the abuse towards women, we must also recognize and bring awareness to the physical, emotional and verbal abuse that happens to men, children and even animals,” says Alpha Phi Gamma’s National Philanthropy Chair, Lily Zhen.

Formerly partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a non-­‐profit organization devoted to ending domestic abuse, APhiG is currently seeking a new lifelong non-­‐profit organization to donate 100% of these proceeds to. If you have any recommendations for non-­‐profit organizations or wish to get involved in APhiG Speaks, please contact Lily Zhen at
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About the Sorority
Alpha Phi Gamma was founded by seven sisters on February 1, 1994 as the first Asian-­‐American interest sorority at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Nearly 20 years later, Alpha Phi Gamma now has nine chapters, two colonies and two associate colonies spread throughout California, Illinois, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, New York and Kansas. Bringing together women of different nationalities through friendship and sisterhood, Alpha Phi Gamma was established to promote service and Asian Awareness to their university and surrounding community, while upholding the values of sisterhood and academics. Since their first national conference in June 1999, Alpha Phi Gamma’s official national philanthropy is the fight against violence towards women, in which they became partners with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) in November 2009. For more information about Alpha Phi Gamma, please visit