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Best Sorority: Alpha Phi

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The sisters of Alpha Phi have claimed this year’s best sorority.

For its unique bond of sisterhood and community influence, Alpha Phi’s Iota Rho chapter has been voted the best Panhellenic sorority at Clemson.

Founded in 1872 at Syracuse University, 10 of the school’s first female students started the sorority. Over 150 years later, Alpha Phi spans across 175 universities in the United States and Canada. The Iota Rho chapter joined Clemson in April 2012 and has had a strong stance on campus ever since.

The chapter strives for innovation, a spirit of generosity, a unique bond of sisterhood and high character expectations.

Alpha Phi is known for its ability to give back to the Clemson community and partners nationwide. The Alpha Phi Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the sorority, focuses on “advancing women’s lives through the power of philanthropy.” The foundation began supporting women’s heart health in 1946, fighting heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

In addition, the Iota Rho chapter helps raise money for physicians in the Upstate of South Carolina. Every February, members raise money and awareness for their philanthropy through blood drives by coordinating proceeds and providing information for Clemson’s residents.

“When I first joined Alpha Phi, I was immediately welcomed with open arms by the sweetest women,” Emily Bailey, a sophomore English major, said. “Being an Alpha Phi has given me so many opportunities to be more involved on campus and support our amazing philanthropy. I will always be proud to be a part of this chapter.”

In 2023, members raised over $50,000 during their Red Dress Gala, their main philanthropic event. The Gala involves a raffle, a silent auction, speeches and a sit-down dinner to help raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation while allowing all participants to enjoy spending time together and raising money.

Although philanthropy is a main aspect of the sorority, Alpha Phi focuses on uplifting women and creating long-lasting bonds between members for years to come.

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