Club & Greek
- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 20 April 2017
- Written by DANIELLE ROMANOWSKI | STAFF WRITER
Alpha Xi Delta held its annual philanthropy event, Karaoke for a Cause last night in Pollak Theater to raise money for Autism Speaks.
This event is one of six national philanthropy events that Alpha Xi Delta’s all over the country organize to raise awareness, understanding, and money for Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks is a dedicated philanthropic organization that provides support for families who have a loved one with Autism.
They continuously work to promote solutions for those across the Autism spectrum and increase understanding and acceptance of this condition.
Sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Kristen Kennett commented on the success Karaoke for a Cause has had in the past.
She said, “Last year, we raised over $2,000 through this event. We are so excited to have the Monmouth community come together again to raise even more money for such a deserving cause.”
As Autism Speaks’ national sponsor, Alpha Xi Delta has raised over five million dollars for this cause. College chapters all around the nation have done their part by volunteering at walks, holding bake sales and putting together events like Karaoke for a Cause to continuously raise money for Autism Speaks.
Karaoke for a cause allows students at Monmouth University the chance to participate in a singing competition and show off their vocal skills, all while raising money for this great cause.
Junior political science student, Keith Lee commented on his involvement in this philanthropy event. He said, “I’ve participated since my freshman year and I love being a part of this event. It’s a great cause put together by great people. I’m happy to have gotten the opportunity to sing Stay, by Rhianna. I hope everyone enjoyed the show.”
As April is Autism Awareness Month, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta have worked hard to not only promote this event, but the philanthropy as a whole. Members of the chapter tabled to raise awareness, collected donations and sold tickets for this event.
Kristin Wall, philanthropy chair for Alpha Xi Delta commented on what she enjoys most about this event. She said, “I was most excited to see so many Monmouth students come together and sharing their talents for a deserving cause. This is a really amazing event and I’m so happy I had a hand in planning it.”
She continued, “We had really great support from the Monmouth community this year for our event. We had twelve acts, including Teddy, The Nooks, Dan Gilby, Keith Lee, and Brad Conner. It was awesome seeing everyone come out to help us and participate in our event.”
Holding Greek events like Karaoke for a Cause helps students give back to the community and get involved in philanthropic efforts.
Greek Life Advisor, Michele Kaplan said, “While it is nice to see our chapters raise funds and collect goods for their chosen philanthropies, it is rewarding to see the chapters bring awareness to campus. It is always great to see chapter members develop a sense of pride for the organization they are supporting and to raise awareness.”
This event provided students an opportunity to come together, listen to great performances raise money for a unique cause. Alpha Xi Delta thanks everyone who participated and supported Karaoke for a Cause this year.
IMAGE TAKEN from Alpha Xi Delta Monmouth Facebook