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In 2006, Beta Sigma Beta along with Pi Beta Phi sorority launched the first annual "We Are...Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk" to help raise awareness and funds for Autism at Penn State University. Beyond raising an exceptional $91,000, the success met by the hard work and good will of these two organizations inspired the founding of Autism SpeaksU. Autism SpeaksU is a national organization that has used the framework of "We Are...Curing Autism Now" and has implemented it to several other universities. What has started under the leadership of Beta Sigma Beta and Pi Beta Phi has evolved into something larger than ever imagined.

Since the premier event in 2006, "We Are...Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk" has raised over $550,000 and attracted more than 4700 participants. The proceeds have gone to Autism Speaks, the sponsor of Autism SpeaksU and the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Such funding is dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The 5th annual event will be held Saturday, April 10. With the 5th annual event around the corner, the Beta Sigma Beta undergraduate body has sought to expand our cause to even greater bounds. In addition to Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Delta Tau, two additional Greek organizations have been added, Alpha Phi and Alpha Sigma Alpha sororities, in hopes of increasing participation among the Greek community. We have also undertaken new fundraising strategies. For example, we are attempting to emulate the Livestrong bracelets with Autism SpeaksU bracelets. If successful, these bracelets will turn a substantial profit and serve as a marketing mechanism for the event.

Beta Sigma Beta is confident that this year's event will be even more successful than the previous years. We look to you, the alumni, to help support our cause and contribute in any way possible. You can visit our website at: http://events.autismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=334742&lis=0&kntae334742=50CC3AB41F644470801737ACB0ABCAE7. There are many ways you can contribute with a few simple clicks of your mouse. You can register for the event, donate, or even sponsor the event through this website. For more information on event details, please visit the website posted above. Any other questions can be directed to:

Zach Asbury and Michael Witten
Beta Sigma Beta Fraternity
CAN Chairmen
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610-639-1854 and 610-716-9626

Thank you for your support in advance.

Fraternally,

Beta Sigma Beta Undergraduates