Alpha Gamma Delta Hosts Sundy Best for Diabetes Benefit Concert HOLD

Bailey Vandiver

What’s the best thing to do this Sunday? Go to the Sundy Best concert, hosted by Alpha Gamma Delta, an international women’s fraternity.

In the past, AGD hosted Lip Jam for their fall philanthropy event, but when junior nursing major Renee Strohmeyer became their philanthropy coordinator, she knew a new event was needed.

“At that point I just started brainstorming times in my college career that had given me a wonderful experience,” Strohmeyer said. She remembered the multiple times that Sundy Best had played at Keeneland and before a UK football game.

Both members of Sundy Best are from Lexington, Ky., according to the band’s website. Band member Nick Jamerson was photographed wearing a UK t-shirt on their website.

“They have a heart for their Lexington community that their fans can see. This seemed much like the heart I have for this community, diabetes and philanthropy,” Strohmeyer said. “It seemed like a good fit.”

According to Strohmeyer, she has been working with people from Sundy Best’s team since last December. She has worked hard to sort out the logistics, while receiving help from her team.

“As a leader, it is my job to recognize that there are things that I can’t do well, and that is how the other members of Alpha Gam are involved,” Strohmeyer said. She is thankful for her sisters who helped by doing anything they could, from designing graphics to simply giving her words of encouragement.

All of the proceeds from the event go to the AGD Foundation, which gives scholarships to Alpha Gam women and also donates money to diabetes-related organizations. The foundation continues “helping others live better with diabetes,” Strohmeyer said, because of events such as these.

Integrated strategic communications junior Chaney Curd and the activities coordinator for AGD are looking forward to seeing Sundy Best for the fourth time in concert.

“They are good ole Kentucky boys,” Curd said. “I’m excited to listen to some good music with even better people.”

Curd is also excited to raise money that goes towards diabetes organizations because Strohmeyer has Type 1 diabetes. “Our philanthropy is very near and dear to our heart,” Curd said.

Alpha Gam’s contributions to diabetes research and awareness is one reason Strohmeyer was attracted to Alpha Gam in the first place, she said. As philanthropy coordinator, she can now help contribute. “I remember thinking this is exactly how I can feel like I am doing my part for people that live every day, just like me, with Type 1 Diabetes,” Strohmeyer said.

 “I am so pumped for the opportunity to raise money for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation in such a fun way,” Curd said.

The concert will be held at the Manchester Music Hall on Nov. 20th. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, and you must be 18 years or older to attend.