Greeks prepare for Make-A-Wish fundraiser

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Hosted by the sisters of Phi Lambda Omicron, the second annual Pacific University’s Greek Stars Competition will be held on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

According to junior Ashley McKenzie, president of Pacific University’s Greek Senate, there are four components to the competition.

The components include a sorority or fraternity’s philanthropy, a dance routine that was choreographed by McKenzie and her roommate junior Corinne Billings, a talent of choice so long as it is in good taste and self-expression, which is similar to answering questions on stage in a pageant.

The all-Greek event is a fundraiser for the Make- A-Wish Oregon Chapter.

“Last year we raised almost $3,000 and we are hoping to raise $5,000 this year,” McKenzie said.

“We are also hoping to grant a wish to a child in our community.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. for games and food, which is another way to help raise more money for the foundation. There will also be a PhotoBoxx that the audience can use throughout the entire competition.

“We really tried to keep Greek Stars more diverse this year,” McKenzie said. “It involves more team work and embodies the Greek values.”

There are aspects of this year’s event that are different than last year.

“It’s a throwback theme this year,” McKenzie said. “We start out the competition in the 80s and then transition into current songs played today.”

McKenzie also said the style of dances in the competition is more “dance fitness” and is really funny.

The event will also have bigger and better surprises than last year.

“We recently got a hat signed by Portland Trail Blazer guard, C.J. McCollum and it will be auctioned off during the event,” McKenzie said.

The hosts for the competition are seniors Janae Sargent and David Kelley.

There will be 13 contestants competing for the win. Sophomore Mari Turpen and senior Megan Moll are representing Delta Chi Delta. From Phi Lambda Omicron are junior Tori Prawitz and sophomore Corri Seideman. Sophomores Kayla Butzerin and Samantha Voeller will represent Theta Nu Alpha.

Representing Alpha Zeta are senior Aidan Lindsey and sophomore Wesley Lewis.

Seniors Reed Feldman and Taylor Humphrey will represent Gamma Sigma. Representing Kappa Sigma are sophomores Dominic Turango and Angel Marquez and from Pi Kappa Rho is senior Douglas Bender.

If all goes well during this year’s Greek Stars competition, McKenzie said the event will most likely happen again next year.

“Greek Stars is open to the public,” Mckenzie said. “We encourage everyone to come, because it’s going to be really fun and it’s for a good cause.”

If students want to attend the event, tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase during the tabling event in the U.C. from Nov. 16-20 and at the door.


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