Butler’s chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has won the Outstanding Young Adult award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter (AFP-IC).

The fraternity raised more than $10,500 for philanthropies during the 2011-2012 school year.

The fraternity was nominated by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation. The nomination was largely based on “the chapter’s innovative method of raising funds for Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent [via holding the annual Teeter Totter Marathon]” as well as its support for other Indianapolis charitable organizations like Gleaners, American Breast Cancer Association, and Special Olympics.

The nomination noted how each member commits to 12 hours of community service each semester, and how they raise more than $5,000 towards Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital with their annual event.

In the last year, Lambda Chi Alpha’s philanthropic events included:

-Breast Fest, which raised more than $500 for the American Breast Cancer Society for research, educational, and treatment initiatives.

-Haunted House, which raised approximately $2,600 that was donated to Gleaners Food Bank.

-Participation in the North American Food Drive, which resulted in a donation of 12,147 pounds of food.

-The annual Teeter Totter Marathon, which involves brothers in the chapter continuously riding a teeter totter 24 hours a day for one week. The event raised more than $7,200, which was donated to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

-A polar bear plunge for the Special Olympics. Approximately $550 was raised through brothers seeking sponsorship.

“The men of Lambda Chi Alpha put forth much effort to live our values,” Lambda Chi Alpha chapter President Kevin Odenwald said. “We do not expect any recognition for our actions, just that we live by the teachings of our ritual. However, when we are acknowledged with anything from a ‘thank you’ to a national award, our hearts are warmed with the feeling that our efforts made a difference.”

The Outstanding Young Adult award honors an individual or group between the ages of 18 and 25 who participated in direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteerism and/or philanthropic leadership.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter (AFP-IC) has been convening the AFP Philanthropy Awards for the past 29 years. Each November, the AFP-IC holds its annual Philanthropy Awards Ceremony to recognize the most outstanding local individuals, corporations, foundations, civic organizations and small businesses who exemplify the spirit of giving and contribute to Indiana’s philanthropic community. One of these awards is the Outstanding Young Adult award.


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