Greeks dance and swim for sight
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 00:02
On Wednesday night, a group of about 900 Greeks gathered in Bennett Auditorium to show off their dance moves, all while raising money and awareness for Delta Gamma’s foundation, Service for Sight.
The event, dubbed King Neptune, is part of the sorority’s annual Anchor Splash week, which consists of profit share nights, a dance competition and a synchronized swimming and dance competition, scheduled for tonight in the Payne Center Natatorium.
“I always enjoy dancing on stage for such a good cause,” said Steven Panepinto, a member of Pi Kappa Phi, the fraternity who took home the crown and won the overall dance off. “It’s definitely something I look forward to every year.”
At the competition, Pi Kappa Alpha came in second and Sigma Phi Epsilon was third.
“So many organizations put so much enthusiasm and time into Anchor Splash every year, and it means a lot to us that so many people get excited for our philanthropy event,” said Anchor Splash director Alanna Buckley.
Panepinto said he and his group have been practicing for a few weeks on their dance.
“The guys worked for countless hours in order to perfect the routine,” he said.
Throughout the week, the members of Delta Gamma have been spending their time raising awareness for their foundation as well as money. Since Monday, a booth has been set up in the Thad Cochran Center, with pictures of eyes from all Greek organizations. Participants voted for their favorite eyes by dropping coins into jars. The members of Delta Gamma also visited local businesses to find sponsors and community members willing to donate for their cause. In addition to money, they also collect Campbell soup labels, Box Tops for Education and eyeglasses that can be donated to those in need.
Buckley said the money from Anchor Splash the past two years has gone to Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center in Madison, Miss., a non-profit organization that trains seeing-eye dogs.
Last year, Delta Gamma raised $15,000. This year, Buckley has hopes of exceeding that.
“Delta Gamma is very unique because our foundation was founded by one of our own,” said assistant director of Anchor Splash Morgan Lambert. “Many people don’t realize how common visual impairments are and how many people are affected by them. As a chapter, we have a passion for our philanthropy and want to raise awareness for our cause.”
Anchor Splash is the final event in Delta Gamma’s philanthropy week. It will kick off tonight with the sororities participating in a synchronized swimming routine and will be followed by various relay races. Both male and female teams participate in the races. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
“It is such a fun event,” said senior Delta Gamma member Caitlin Siedell. “It makes me really proud to be a part of such an amazing chapter.”