Zeta Tau Alpha raises $13,000 to fight breast cancer
Zeta Tau Alpha has crowned its 2014 Lip Sync winners after a week of philanthropies and a night of dancing.
Lip Sync pitted UCF's Greek organizations against one another in a dance competition at the CFE Arena Oct. 2 to raise money for breast cancer research. Twenty-one organizations competed for the title, and the winners include:
Men's overall – Sigma Chi
1st – Phi Delta Theta
2nd – Tau Kappa Epsilon
3rd – Delta Upsilon
Women's overall – Pi Beta Phi
1st – Alpha Delta Pi
2nd – Kappa Alpha Theta
3rd – Delta Delta Delta
Overall winners were determined based on points earned throughout the week through donations at a barbecue at Lake Claire on Sept. 29 and Zeta's Kiss Away Cancer event.
"We take tallies of who came to the event and how much they donated, so what that last trophy is, is for whoever raised the most money and had a great dance as well," said Samantha Garcia, Zeta's Lip Sync chair.
At the Kiss Away Cancer event, members of the sorority collected donations in exchange for a bracelet, T-shirt or signature on a banner, which was displayed on stage at Lip Sync.
The scores for best dances were determined by four judges: Caroline Wood, Zeta's house mom; Ashley Pruitt, Susan G. Komen's mission coordinator; Ginger Parkinson, a two-time breast cancer survivor; and Josiah Tripp, Zeta's King of the Campus. They judged on four categories: choreography, neatness, originality and incorporation of breast cancer awareness into the routine.
"I think it's just a fun way to get people to donate; it's a fun way to get everyone in the community to come together," Garcia said. "Everyone loves to do dance competitions."
The sorority totaled about $13,000 in donations for Susan G. Komen, and saw an increase in attendance, according to Lauren Whitley, Zeta Tau Alpha's fundraising chair.
"It was a lot more organized, and a lot of teams came out and participated a lot harder than they did last year, and a lot more Greek organizations are on campus this year so we had more participation," Whitley said.
Despite the increase, two Greek organizations were absent following disciplinary action with the university.
"Kappa Sigma is under an interim suspension and [is] therefore not able to participate," UCF spokesman Chad Binette said via email.
Chi Omega was also unable to compete due to its suspension, Binette said.