Students prepare for Greek Sing: proceeds from Saturday’s event go to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Kappa Delta Sorority performs "America" during Greek Sing on Feb. 11, 2012. Photo By Kirsten Holliday | Staff

By Jennifer Abreu

Chi Omega sorority and Phi Delta Theta fraternity will host the largest Greek Sing production yet, to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.

Already the largest greek event on campus, a record number of 28 sororities and fraternities will be participating this year. Each group will perform a musical/theatrical piece based on a unique theme they have chosen.

The themes branch off the main theme, which is Greek-bred.

The sorority or fraternity that accumulates the most Greek Sing points up until the day of the performance will win a grand prize of $1,000 for a charity of their choice.

The point system is related to how much each Greek organization contributes to the event’s over-all total.  The more a sorority or fraternity raises for Make-A-Wish, the better chance they have of earning $1,000 for their philanthropy.

 In addition, there will be a first, second and third place for sororities and fraternities; and an overall winner.

The winning performance earns $250 for the organization’s philanthropy.

The groups will have five minutes to perform and they will be judged on effectiveness of the theme, how well they incorporate their chosen theme into the performance, and by using props, songs and costumes.

They will also be judged on originality, enthusiasm onstage and overall musical presentation. The members of Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta will also be performing, but not competing. They will deliver dance performances during intermission.

Chi Omega member and Greek Sing interior chair, Jenna Musgrave, said the hard work of organizing the event pays off.

“Of course there are challenges and very high expectations, we’ve grown a lot, but it has been really enjoyable and our Make-a-Wish children are our main priority,” she said.

As interior chair, Musgrave’s job is to work with the families and the sponsors, as well as coordinate the silent auction prior to Greek Sing and the donation of items.

Musgrave said all the sororities on campus are participating in Greek Sing this year, as well as about half the fraternities. A 5-year-old boy and a 11-year-old girl will be attending the event on Saturday, Musgrave said. Lisa Settle, also a Chi Omega member, is overall chair for Greek Sing this year, and she said being in a leadership role offers experiences beyond greek life.

“It has allowed me to connect with so many different people and organizations at UK,” she said. “I had the chance to learn how everything works and how much is available here.”

Musgrave said not only the chair members, but also the performers work hard in advance to meet expectations.

“It’s my favorite night of the year,” she said. “I think the whole chapter will agree that it is very gratifying in the end.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the Sudent Center ticket office, and will also be sold at the door.