Stomp-A-Palooza brings down the house for charity



By Emily Cornett

A few performers might have missed a step, but UK Greeks worked it out Wednesday at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority’s second annual Stomp-A-Palooza.

More than 1,200 people crowded into the Singletary Center to help raise money for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Ten sororities and seven fraternities entered into the step competition. Each team had six to 15 members and was coached by Alpha Phi Alpha and other National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.

“We got second last year,” Ariel Danek, a dietetics sophomore and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s team, said. “I hope we get first.”

It was not meant to be.

Chi Omega took home the trophy for the second year in a row. They dressed as old women and danced with hunched backs and canes to a standing ovation from the crowd and securing the win for overall sorority.

Kappa Delta won the spirit award for ticket and T-shirt sales, attendance at restaurant night and a banner competition.

Phi Gamma Delta won overall fraternity as 16 guys dressed in black with purple ties. Fiji was one of two fraternities that “made it rain” by throwing fake dollar bills onto the stage.

FarmHouse, last years’ overall fraternity winner, wasn’t able to pull off a second victory. They were one of three fraternities that posed as Men in Black. At the end of their performance they flashed the red light at the audience.

“People really try to make it about the philanthropy,” Roby Foree, part of the FarmHouse step team, said. “That’s what it’s all about in the end.”

Alpha Phi Alpha was supporting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation. The foundation is hoping to build a monument to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Stomp-A-Palooza is the largest fundraiser of the year for CASA, the charity Theta was supporting. The admission fee goes to charity.