Greeks to stomp away for charity

By Garrett Bonistalli

Greeks will be given the chance to entertain and raise money by stomping to bright vibes and colorful themes tonight.

For the third consecutive year, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc. will be hosting the step show fundraiser known as Stomp-A-Palooza.

Stomp-A-Palooza will showcase 17 combined sororities and fraternities, all of which are performing different choreographed step routines that last around five minutes.

Earnings from ticket sales will be given to Alpha Phi Alpha’s philanthropy, The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial foundation, and Kappa Alpha Theta’s philanthropy, Lexington’s Court Appointed Special Advocates.

The foundation funds an MLK memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and the Court Appointed Special Advocates supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused or neglected children.

Each sorority and fraternity is matched up with a member of Alpha Phi Alpha to coordinate and choreograph the theme for each chapter’s routine.

“There’s an officer that coaches each chapter,” Jordyn Bland, Theta’s vice president of public relations, said. “Each chapter creates a theme and the winners are judged on creativity.”

There are three winners, which includes an overall winner for a sorority and a fraternity. The third trophy comes from spirit points, which are accumulated in the week leading up to the event. These points come from banner contests and restaurant nights, which are then added to the group with the most overall points. The organization with the most overall points wins the cup, Sarah Pickerel, the president of Theta, said.

The buzz around the event has steadily grown from year-to-year and as a result Stomp-A-Palooza foresees a growth in attendance, Andrew Pillow, a co-chair from Alpha Phi Alpha, said.

“We’ve had pretty good years of it. People are more excited about it than they have been in the past as we have more teams participating in it this year,” he said.

He said they are expecting 1,000 people this year, compared to the 800 that attended last year.

“If you haven’t been before, this is the year to check it out,” Pickerel said. “It will be entertaining and something that you haven’t seen before.”