Song Fest raises record breaking numbers

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Jaclyn Scarborough

Tau Kappa Epsilon gives a fun performance to summer songs of the 90's.

By Jaclyn Scarborough, Arts & Life Writer

UA’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life presented the 83rd annual Songfest. This year, Songfest raised a record breaking $8,059.75 for the children of Camp Quality and their families.

It was an afternoon of Greek pride and unity at E.J. Thomas on Sunday, April 12. Songfest is a fundraiser in which campus Greeks show off their vocal and dance talents for charity.

Many alumni, parents, students, and fellow Greeks came out to show their support for Songfest and this year’s charity: Camp Quality. Camp Quality is a nonprofit organization that offers free camp and services to children living with cancer and their families. It offers services year-round and has 15 camps in 12 states.

The theme for Songfest 2015 was FSL radio, and each fraternity or sorority performed to songs associated with different FSL radio stations, including “post-breakup songs,” “summer hits of the 90s,” and “show tunes.”

Emilie Wetzel, a Senior marketing major and Delta Gamma member said, “I like that it’s everyone coming together as a Greek community.”

Acts ranged from hilarious and fun to meaningful and symbolic. One act in particular, performed by Phi Delta Theta, incorporated songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and My Chemical Romance to address some of the stereotypes often associated with Greek life.

Awards were given out to the participants, including the Best Costume Award which went to Fiji, and Best Vocals, which was awarded to Alpha Delta Pi. Phi Delta Theta took home the Most Money Raised award.

In the fraternity division, Fiji took first place with their Disney show tunes act, Phi Delta Theta took second, and Phi Kappa Psi took third.

In the sorority division, Alpha Gamma Delta came in first with a classic rock routine, followed by Alpha Delta Pi, and Delta Gamma.

Jenna Fierro, a Senior social work major and Delta Gamma member said that her favorite part of Songfest is “seeing how big of an impact we can make raising money for Camp Quality.”

Camp Quality was the biggest winner of the day, and they plan to use the money raised from the event to continue to help children with cancer, and improve their quality of life.

For more information about Camp Quality and how you can help, visit www.campqualityusa.org.