Alpha Xi Delta hosts its annual Xiti Dinner for Autism Speaks

As the semester comes to a close, the annual Xiti Dinner put on by Alpha Xi Delta Sorority came to the Elon Community Church on the night of Wednesday, April 19.

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Alexandra Lambiris and Corinne Barrow smiling with ziti. This was their fourth year being part of the event.

Each girl in the sorority was expected to bake two large pans of ziti that they were to bring to the church to be reheated, put on plates and served to students who pay five dollars at the door for an all-you-cat-eat ticket that is refilled throughout the night as they raise their hands for seconds. Other sisters are expected to bring in garlic knots and desserts of all kinds to contribute to the menu.

All of the proceeds from the event go to support the sorority’s national philanthropy,

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Meg Gunson smiles as Sweet Signatures takes ths stage.

Autism Speaks, and the Theta Nu chapter of Alpha Xi Delta raised over $10,000 in the 2015-2016 school year. A large portion of this money comes from the turnout at the annual pasta dinner, where students flood the door as soon as it opens at 5 p.m.

In addition to the food, the sorority invites Acapella groups and other forms of entertainment to come in and perform while people eat to add to the experience.

“I love Xiti Dinner,” says sophomore Alexa Schmitt, “it’s definitely my favorite event we put on all year. It’s an awesome time for the entire school to come together, eat some pasta and have fun with friends.”

Sorority president Brittany Coppla, a junior and long-standing fan of Xiti Dinner, had this to say when asked about why she was excited for the event.

“Xiti Dinner is an incredible time for all of our sorority to come together and raise money for an incredible cause, and it’s a great way to share what we care about with the greater community. We have lots of students come out to the dinner, but it doesn’t stop there; we have local members of the church and community come out too, and it’s great to see so many people putting their money and time to the cause that’s so close to our hearts.”

The girls had an excellent turnout last night, and the total amount of money they raised will be announced in the coming days.

“All I can say is that I can’t wait until next year’s Xiti Dinner,” Schmitt says, “pasta, music and friends? I can’t think of a better combination.”

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