Greek community stomps for charity



By Ryan Winstead

Twenty UK fraternities and sororities danced, stomped and clapped their way to raise money for philanthropies Wednesday at the annual Stomp-A-Palooza show.

Hosted by Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,Stomp-A-Palooza is a dance competition between UK Greek organizations that serves as a fundraiser for selected charities.

This year’s proceeds go to Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, and March of Dimes.

Students crammed into the Singletary Center to watch the dances. Alpha Gamma Delta sorority opened the program.

As a competitive event, Greek teams worked hard to prepare for the show.

Haeli Denton, a Delta Gamma sophomore, was a part of her sorority’s stomp team.

“We first started preparing in the middle of February,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun. Hard at times, but definitely worth it.”

Each dance squad featured a unique theme that they illustrated through costume, props and music.

Kappa Alpha fraternity each dressed as a toy out of Toy Story, relived the classic moment of the introduction of Buzz Lightyear.

The fraternities and sororities creativity and dedication did not go to waste.

Ricky Mason, an electrical engineering senior, was the Alpha Phi Alpha chair for this year’s Stomp-a-palooza.

“Last year we made over $4,000. We definitely made more than last year tonight,” he said.

But the money isn’t the only thing to be gained from the experience, Mason said.

“This event really brings the Greek community together. We like to say it ‘bridges the gap’.”

After a night of dancing and stomping, a panel of judges decided the winners.

Fiji took first among the fraternities, and Chi Omega was voted No. 1 for the third consecutive year.

UK students who did not catch Stomp-A-Palooza can look for it next year.

“Stomp-a-palooza is here to stay,” Mason said. “We hope to rival Greek Sing one day.”