Songfest raises money for RAINN through skits Saturday

Rachel Purget

The Greek community will present its best philanthropic effort Saturday with SongFest 2013.

SongFest, the annual Greek community’s philanthropic event, will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. SongFest is a dance and skit competition where sororities and fraternities work together to create themed presentations. The skits are themed for RAINN, the Rape Incest Abuse National Network, which is this year’s beneficiary.

Marci Matthews is the representative responsible for getting RAINN to be the focus of the competition.

“When I started working with RAINN, one of the first things I said is, ‘Someday, I want to get SongFest,’” Matthews said. “I went and interviewed and gave them a presentation, and then they picked us.”

RAINN has high hopes for SongFest; Matthews expects the groups to raise at least $30,000.

The Greek community has a high focus on its philanthropies, and while each sorority and fraternity has its own philanthropy, SongFest is special because is brings everyone together for one united cause.

Kelly Swope, junior integrated mathematics major and the vice president of philanthropy and community service for the Panhellenic Council, said, “As a Greek community, the chapters have been working really hard, so it’s good to give them the recognition.”

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