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Autism Speaks to benefit from 5K sponsored by Lycoming College organization

The Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta will hold a Step It Up 5K on April 22 at 11 a.m. on the Lycoming College campus to benefit Autism Speaks. Runners and walkers from the college and the public are encouraged to participate in the 5K route through Brandon Park in downtown Williamsport.

The cost will be $10 per participant; registration can be done online at: Registration at the event will begin at 11 a.m. near the starting line, 700 College Place, on the Lycoming College campus. Prizes will be awarded for the three runners who complete the race in the fastest time. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Events like ours provide Autism Speaks with the funding needed to offer educational and support services that help individuals with autism thrive,” said Bethany Hipple co-philanthropy chair of the Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity. “The event also helps remind all of us about the value of these individuals to our community.”

The Step It Up 5K is one of many initiatives the sisters of the Alpha Xi Delta participate in to raise awareness and funds for its philanthropic partner, Autism Speaks. Since the partnership was formed in 2009, the national women’s fraternal organization has raised awareness and more than $5 million for autism.

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. For more information, please visit

Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential by providing opportunities for sisterhood, leadership knowledge and service. The national women’s fraternity has more than 150,000 initiated members and chapters on 116 college campuses.

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