ZTA at UCF raises $25,000 for breast cancer awareness
Zeta Tau Alpha has crowned its 2014 Lip Sync winners, and with their help, raised $25,000 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"This year I am beyond proud to say that Zeta Tau Alpha has raised over $25,000 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness," Zeta Tau Alpha's Director of Fundraising Lauren Whitley said in an email.
In 2012-13, the organization raised $7,228.50. It doubled that total in 2013-14 while raising $14,691, and has raised more than $25,000 thus far in 2014-15 with one major fundraiser to go — its King of the Campus competition in early November.
Of the money raised, $13,000 alone came from Zeta's Lip Sync event and will go toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, Whitley said.
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.
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. ZTA surpassed its previous total at this event by raising $3,000.
Funds were raised by donations from sponsors, the Kiss Away Cancer event, a barbecue at Lake Claire and the Lip Sync competition.
Garcia said he thinks the Lip Sync event is a fun way to encourage people to donate because "everyone loves to do dance competitions."
"It was a lot more organized, and a lot of teams came out and participated a lot harder than they did last year ... A lot more Greek organizations are on campus this year so we had more participation," Whitley said.
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