Band Jam raises money for juvenile diabetes

By Alex Ruf

It felt like summer again on Haggin Field Thursday night, when UK students gathered for the seventh annual Alpha Delta Gamma Band Jam.

The event is a fundraiser for research on juvenile diabetes, and the sorority raised more than $3,000 for the cause.

Band Jam consisted of two local bands, Intersecting Horizons and Back End of Tomorrow, and a Greek lip-sync contest in between their performances. Free food and information from UK health services was also available.

Money raised at the event came from the tickets and private donations. All of the money goes back to the Alpha Delta Gamma international fund, which will be used to fight juvenile diabetes. Last year, the sorority helped fund nine different summer camps for kids with juvenile diabetes.

The sorority hopes that this events helps change the negative stereotype some people have about the Greek community.

“People need to see the bigger picture,” said Anne Savoree, the sorority’s president. “We are helping children.”

Three fraternities and three sororities competed in a lip-sync competition, which was the fan favorite.

“It is always good to go out and support a good cause and have fun while doing it,” said Chris Salata, a Beta Theta Pi senior, who did a version of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

In the end, Delta Sigma Phi won the lip-syncing contest with a rendition of “Summer Nights” from the movie “Grease,” followed by Beta Theta Pi in second place. Chi Omega sorority took third place.

This was the first year Band Jam was at Haggin Field. Organizers chose to use a more central location in hopes of getting more people who are not affiliated with Greek life to come.

Charlotte Hale, Alpha Gamma Delta’s vice president, summed up the event in one sentence: “Good friends, good food and good music.”