UCF's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will host its ninth Rock the Wreath charity concert Wednesday, featuring the Ying Yang Twins.
This will be the first Rock the Wreath philanthropy concert event in three years, and has grown from a small battle of the bands to a concert hosting nationally touring acts.
In past years, the event has been the single philanthropy of any Greek organization that has raised the most money in UCF history, said ATO's philanthropy chairman Onni Franco.
"Our most recent event in 2011, which featured a headlining act by Shwayze, set the record for most money raised by a single fraternity or sorority than ever before at that time," said Franco, a junior biomedical sciences major. "We are aiming to break the current record held, which is held by Zeta Lip-sync, this year."
To date, the event has raised over $60,000 for different charity organizations in the Orlando area, with over half being donated in just the past four years.
This year, all proceeds are benefitting Florida Abolitionist, a non-profit helping sex trafficking victims in Orlando, and the Children's Miracle Network.
"We see Rock the Wreath as our time to show UCF and the local community that we stand for something bigger than ourselves," said ATO's president Lincoln Devine. "This is our chance to make a huge difference in the local community."
ATO has set a goal to raise $50,000 at the event, and Devine said he thinks an appearance from the Ying Yang Twins will help make this possible by bringing a high-energy vibe and a great performance for UCF students.
Franco said guests can not only expect an outstanding performance, but they will also enjoy the best sound system to ever grace the stage, the most impressive light displays and a safe and controlled environment around them at all times. There will also be three opening DJs to set the stage for the Ying Yang Twins.
"We chose the Ying Yang Twins because we wanted an artist that would be recognizable by our target demographic, while also not having too high of a price tag," said Devine, a senior business management major.
The event is being held at 7:30 p.m. at ATO's on-campus house, 4419 Greek Court. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door, or for $15 at http://www.tinyurl.com/rockthewreath.