Sorority Supports Bethesda for Three Decades

For more than 30 years, Phi Beta Chi National Sorority sisters have helped people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live fuller, more Christ-centered lives.

Since then, more than 2,700 Phi Beta Chi members have raised awareness and done fundraising in support of Bethesda. According to Amy Winegardner Johnson, Phi Beta Chi’s executive director, the sorority’s mission aligns well with Bethesda.

“Our creed says we stand for service to church and humanity,” Winegardner Johnson said. “Phi Beta Chi’s mission appeals to young women who are looking for an experience that will put their faith into action. Many of our members join based on our Lutheran heritage, which also naturally connects us to Bethesda.”

Currently, Phi Beta Chi has more than 300 active members in seven chapters and four colonies at colleges and universities in seven states. Each school year, chapters and colonies are required to complete at least one project that benefits Bethesda.

“The relationship with Bethesda helps our members see ways they can help others,” Winegardner Johnson said. “Bethesda provides us with an opportunity to support an important mission through service work.”

During the 2012–13 school year, Phi Beta Chi sisters hosted car washes, bake sales, a silent auction, a “Walking Tacos” fundraiser and a Breakfast for Bethesda. In addition, the sorority sisters have made cards, sent decorations and donated to a Bethesda thrift shop.

“The relationship with Phi Beta Chi has provided funds and helped spread awareness of Bethesda’s mission to thousands of students on campuses around the country,” said Deb Rothe, Bethesda’s corporate director of advancement services.

Phi Beta Chi chapters are at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas; Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas; and East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

Phi Beta Chi colonies, groups working to become chapters, are University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Bradford, Penn.


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