Phi Delta Theta Indiana Gamma does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

What is ALS?

According to the ALS Association, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or "Lou Gehrig's Disease") "is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

The great baseball player Lou Gehrig was a Phi Delt and he passed away from ALS at an early age. Phi Delta Theta honors Lou Gehrig and strives itself on ending this horrible disease by making the ALS Association its national philanthropy organization. 

If you are interested in learning more information about ALS, visit The ALS Association's Website.

Indiana Gamma's Approach to Ending ALS

As a fraternity, we take pride in our efforts to fight against ALS, a horrible disease often associated with our brother Lou Gehrig. Philanthropy is important to us because it brings our community together and creates a rewarding experience of working for a great cause. Indiana Gamma’s primary philanthropy event for the last two years has been All-Star Weekend, weeklong fundraiser filled with activities such as Phide and Seek, Waffle Sundaes, a restaurant give-back night, and a sorority wiffle ball tournament. 2015 saw the first ever Phired Up for ALS, another unique, soccer themed, event created by the brothers of Indiana Gamma.

All-Star Weekend returned to Butler University’s campus for the fifth time in September 2016. Throughout the week we had extraordinary participation and we are very happy to announce that we were able to raise over $3,400 for the ALS Association. On September 22nd, our chapter experienced its most successful 24 hour fundraising period ever as our restaurant giveback raised $1168. We cannot wait to continue to raise awareness of ALS and fight against this terrible disease as the academic year continues. Together as brothers of Phi Delta Theta and with the help of our wonderful Butler community, we will never stop until ALS is defeated.

Becoming an "Iron Phi Chapter"

Indiana Gamma is currently striving to become an "Iron Phi Chapter." In order to become an Iron Phi Chapter, members must fundraise at least $10,000 towards ALS research. We are proud to say that we are about 60% of the way to reaching our $10,000 goal as a chapter! On top of all this, individual members may work to become "Iron Phis." To do this, each brother must raise at least $1,000 on his own and compete in an athletic event of his choice. We currently have about 25 brothers working towards becoming Iron Phis and raising as much money as possible to help find a cure to ALS. If you would like to donate to help the chapter become an Iron Phi Chapter and help find a cure to ALS, click on the button below. Thanks in advance!