UCF Kappa Delta Sorority to host Shamrock Fest Sunday
The green house on Greek park has been waiting for the "lucky" month of March.
UCF's Kappa Delta Sorority will continue to host its nationwide Shamrock Fest events on Sunday for the 22nd consecutive year.
Shamrock Fest 2015, a carnival and country concert, will be held at the Kappa Delta house on Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. to benefit the Children's Home Society of Florida, as well as Prevent Child Abuse America.
"We are so excited to be putting this event on for Greek Park and the surrounding community," said Taylor English, a junior marketing major.
During the event, there will be a Greek Chapter Competition, during which the fraternity with the most ticket orders will earn a social with Kappa Delta in the fall.
Sunday will conclude Kappa Delta's Daggerman Competition, which began March 15.
"The Daggerman is a fraternity member who represents our values and morals, and someone who we think, as a chapter, represents us well," said Kappa Delta's Vice President of Public Relations Cassidy Coakley, a junior event management major.
The winner of the competition will be announced at the Shamrock Fest.
Live entertainment will also be included as the John King Band performs at 4 p.m.
Unlike past events, where Kappa Delta would hold a 5K for its spring philanthropy, English said this will be the first year where the event will be a carnival and concert.
Patty Zorrilla, a sophomore sports and exercise science major, said there will be performers throughout the event.
"Shamrock Fest is going to be a family-friendly carnival with a ton of games, food and live music," said Zorrilla, Kappa Delta's vice president of community service.
The event is open to the public, with the purchase of a $20 ticket, which includes entrance to the event and concert. Shamrock Fest 2015 T-shirts will be sold at the event for $12 or can be pre-ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children's Home Society of Florida serves to rescue abused children and rebuild homes, while PCAA works to ensure healthy development for children nationwide.
English said it is important to Kappa Delta to be benefitting PCAA because the sorority is part of the confidence coalition, and abuse is what shatters confidence.
"We want women and girls all over the world to be confident in themselves and know that they have the ability to stand up for themselves," she said.
Kappa Delta began supporting PCAA 24 years ago, two years before the sorority began Shamrock events.
"Kappa Delta strives to live through our values and empower those around us," Zorrilla said. "We feel so blessed to be able to give back to these organizations and help individuals get back on their feet."
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