Getting down to raise money



This weekend Greeks will throw on some glitter, turn up the music and dance their best steps in a competition to walk away with a grand prize.

At the end of the night, however, there will be only one winner. Her name is Lauren. She is 16 years old and living with ovarian cancer.

Greek Sing, the annual dance competition for UK fraternities and sororities, takes place this Saturday to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

This year, Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are hosting the event to help send Lauren and her family on a vacation to Hawaii.

Kaelyn Query, Greek Sing 2010 Chi Omega co-chair, said at the end of fall semester Greeks are given a packet with the rules for Greek Sing. What they do from there is all up to the dancers.

“As far as dancing they can do whatever they want,” Query said. “With the fraternities, it’s funny to watch. Not everybody can dance so it can be entertaining.”

In a series of four-minute routines, each group chooses its own theme. Past themes include “Disturbia,” Candyland and a Battle of the Boy Bands, complete with a brawl between fraternity members doing their best Justin Timberlake impression.

Query said UK basketball fans should not fear if they want to attend Greek Sing because the event should conclude in time for Cats fans to race home and watch UK take on Tennessee on Saturday.

SAE co-chair Will Decker said the event should finish at least 30 minutes before tip-off. Instead of holding Greek Sing at 7 p.m. as it has been in the past, doors will open at 4 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m.

Greek Sing is open to anyone who wants to be entertained, Query said, but before fans rush out to catch the game, she hopes students will take the time to experience Greek Sing and its unique offerings.

“There are several costumes, big glittery props — people (in the past) have spent hundreds of dollars on glitter,” she said.

Last year the event raised $100,000 for Make-A-Wish. This year the goal is $115,000. Decker said he is glad to participate in Greek Sing because of the impact it has on a deserving organization.

“We are able to raise so much money for Make-A-Wish,” he said. “It shows some of the positive work (Greeks) do on campus because sometimes we get a bad rap.”

While there will be music, fun and good-hearted competition, Query said helping sick children fulfill their wishes is why they are all on stage.

“It’s a competition, but in the end Lauren is the one winning,” she said. “We need to remember that.”