Delta Gamma sorority will host their annual philanthropy events, King Neptune and Anchor Splash, this week. Both events help support Service for Sight, Delta Gamma’s national foundation.
Ultimately, protecting the gift of sight is one of the sorority’s highest priorities.
“Delta Gamma holds Service for Sight near and dear to us because it was started by one of our own members,” said Anchor Splash director Morgan Lambert. “The different organizations participating pay an (entrance) fee and that money goes straight to Service for Sight.”
Delta Gamma President Jennifer Barton said it is heartwarming to give back.
“Sight is a sense I cannot imagine not having and it’s humbling to know we can give back to something that affects so many people,” Barton said.
King Neptune is a dance competition among the fraternities on campus. Senior broadcast journalism major Tanner Watson said he is ready to participate this year.
“We started working on it last week and we’ve been practicing every night for an hour or two,” said Watson, a Sigma Nu participant. “So I’d say we’ve put in a good amount of effort.”
Watson said his favorite part of the night is the reactions from the crowd.
“I love seeing the girls’ reaction during our dance,” Watson said. “This event presents us with a chance to be creative and showcase some of our talents and I’m very excited.”
Anchor Splash is a relay and dance competition where sororities and fraternities compete in and out of the water.
Freshman exercise science major Macalah Mefford said she has put a lot of work into preparing for Anchor Splash.
“I have put a lot of thought into the theme and choreography and I really think it’s going to show on Thursday night,” said Mefford, Pi Beta Phi dance chair. “The girls have also been working very hard during practices and their eagerness to learn and excitement to perform for such a great cause makes my job a fun experience.”
Lambert encourages everyone to come out to both events.
“Both King Neptune and Anchor Splash are very fun and are always a good time,” Lambert said. “Different organizations get very into the dancing and it is always fun to see what kind of ideas they come up with.”
Barton said these events are for all to enjoy.
“Both events are full of energy that help raise awareness for the visually impaired,” Barton said. “Campus organizations have so much fun participating and it’s an exciting community event that everyone can experience, Greek or non-Greek.”
Service for Sight was founded in 1936 and its purpose is to prevent visual impairment. For individuals that are already visually impaired, the mission is to impact the quality of their lives.
King Neptune will kick off Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. Anchor Splash will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the M.C. Johnson Natatorium at The Payne Center.
For more information join the King Neptune and Anchor Splash Facebook pages or email Lambert at Morgan.Lambert@eagles.usm.edu.