The national philanthropy of Zeta Tau Alpha is Breast Cancer Research and Education. In 1992, Zeta Tau Alpha adopted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as the Fraternity's national philanthropy, but at the 1996 International Convention, the Fraternity voted to increase ZTA's support of breast cancer awareness by backing all organizations committed to breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.
ZTA also continues to educate the public about breast cancer awareness through its own Think Pink project. Nationwide, thousands of Zetas create and distributed more than a quarter of a million information cards and pink ribbons, the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness.
Every year, our chapter takes part in the Komen Race for the Cure. It proves to be a very memorable day in which we help by both volunteering at and participating in the race. ZTA proudly co-sponsors the Survivor Program which provides pink t-shirts, caps, and buttons for survivors to wear during the race. 2009 marks the 14th year for Race for the Cure in Miami, held at Bayfront Park. Here at UM, Zetas cherish this experience because of the many strong survivors that touch our lives through their display of courage in their fight against breast cancer.
In addition, the Gamma Alpha chapter hosts events to benefit our philanthropy. In the fall semester our Think Pink Day dodgeball tournament highlights the significance of our philanthropy and is a fun way to contribute to the cure. One of the biggest and most successful philanthropy events on the UM campus is our annual fashion show. Held for the past 16 years, it is the highlight of our spring semester. Chapter members raise money, collect auction items, and model clothing from local boutiques to make the fashion show possible. This past year, over $35,000 was raised to benefit the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation for breast cancer awareness and research.