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Alpha Xi Delta supports Autism Speaks with Blue Dinner

Blue Dinner consisted of all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage for $3 (Northern Review photo/ Ashlee McDonnell)

April 1 marked the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta set out to hold their annual fundraising event, Blue Dinner. With the cost of entry being $3, students, faculty and community members are invited to enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake dinner, complete with sausage and orange juice. All proceeds from the event is donated to Autism Speaks for research purposes and support of families affected by Autism. 

The event brought in over $1,000 to be donated this year. Alpha Xi Delta president, Breanna Hester said that the turn out of the event was one of the best in years. Students from ONU as well as other schools in the area attended the dinner. All members of the sorority took part in the event whether in preparing food, serving, refilling or running entry tables.

Since breakfast-for-dinner is an uncommon phenomenon, the group decided to choose this AmaXIng challenge. The challenges are put together by the national Alpha Xi Delta chapter and are chosen by other chapters to raise money for Autism Speaks. Since the Blue Dinner is an annual event, the goal has been to grow the attendance. "This year was one of the best years, we kept the cost low and had good feedback," said Hester.

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