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San Jose Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Helps the Family Giving Tree
San Jose, CA – December 19, 2011 – The San Jose Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi today announced its participation at the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wish Card Drive and Holiday Warehouse Volunteer shifts. The Family Giving Tree began in 1990 as a San Jose State University MBA class project. Their mission is to fulfill holiday wishes and provide backpacks of school supplies to children who are most need in our communities. In over 20 years of the program existence, the total number of gifts and backpacks donated has grown to over 700,000, making the Family Giving Tree the largest gift and backpack donation program in California. In 2011, The Family Giving Tree fulfilled the wishes of more than 66,000 underprivileged Bay Area children. The San Jose Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi is one of the Family Giving Tree’s host organizations for this year, and collected forty-three children’s wishes for the Holiday Wish Drive. Seventeen Pi Phis, friends, and other volunteers, spent time sorting and organizing through thousands of donated gifts making sure each wish was fulfilled. “There are so many deserving children in our community. Knowing that we can make a significant impact in their lives by volunteering our time and granting their holiday wishes makes it all the more special this holiday season. Quality time spent with my Pi Phi sisters, especially in activities that help us grow, learn and appreciate each other and our community, reinforces my belief in the power of giving and that my decision of having Pi Phi in my life is a right choice for me,” Crista Carroll, member of the San Jose Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi. Pi Beta Phi has been the pioneer in service and philanthropy for 100 years, particularly in the field of education and literacy. Today, Pi Beta Phi continues to support literacy in their communities and through programs such as the Fraternity Day of Service, the Champions are Readers® (CAR) program, and the Fraternity’s partnership with First Book. For the next 100 years, Pi Beta Phi has committed to leading the way to a more literate society through their Read. Lead. Achieve. initiative by providing tools, tips and training to impact your campuses and communities one Pi Phi at a time. Alumnae Clubs perform additional service projects and fundraisers based on the needs of their local communities. About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded at Monmouth College in Illinois in 1867, Pi Beta Phi has over 100 active chapters and more than 350 alumnae groups in the United States and Canada. The Fraternity promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities.


Family Giving Tree Wish Card Drive Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Toys and gift certificates contribution from Barbara Steffin, Darcy Kato Ernest, Georgia Nelson, Joanna Nouragas, Flo Jones, Jenny Ludwig, Crista Carroll, Tracy Whitehead, Leslie Anido, Anne Hawley, Deanna Zimmerman, Pat Kaspar, Lori Smith, Miranda Shaft, Jacqueline Vo, Mary Bechtel, and Sarah Gummersall.

Family Giving Tree Warehouse Volunteers Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Pictured from left to right: (front row) Crista Carroll, Anne Hawley, Jacqueline Vo, Lori Smith,, and Mary Betchtel (last row) Kirby Kiefer, Claire Ribble, Leslie Anido, Pat Kaspar, and Darcy Kato Ernest

Family Giving Tree Warehouse Volunteers Friday, December 16, 2011 Pictured from left to right: (front row) Ilya S. (last row) Darcy Kato Ernest, Jacqueline Vo, Katerina Vaitkus, Anne Hawley, Sadia Haque, and Deanna Zimmerman