Panhellenic Council’s First Dance-A-Thon Exceeds Goal for Circle of Sisterhood
BY KAT COOPER
Students having fun while dancing for a great cause — this is what Westminster’s Panhellenic Council had in mind when they began planning the first annual Dance-A-Thon fundraiser, which took place on March 17.
The event exceeded its goal and raised over $550 to benefit Circle of Sisterhood, an organization that provides girls in developing nations or impoverished areas with resources and access to education. Circle of Sisterhood uses donations to pay for school tuition, books and supplies. The group also works with other nonprofit organizations to provide health care access and rescue girls from sex slavery.
Being a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, I was eager to participate in this event alongside my other Panhellenic sisters. Shelby Ledgerwood, ’17, vice president of panhellenic programming, was one of the main people working behind the scenes to make sure this event was a success. She scheduled an array of activities, including a DJ, guest teachers for a one-hour long Zumba session and a penny war dance-off.
“It was definitely my favorite part of the night,” Karley Long, ’18, Kappa Alpha Theta’s contestant for the dance off, said about the competition. “It was awesome to see people let loose and have fun on the dance floor for a great cause.”
Ledgerwood said her favorite part of the event was raising enough money to exceed the goal.
“I was very happy with the student turnout and support from all of my fellow sorority women,” she said. “Since it was the first year for the event, I was nervous, but I could not be happier with how the event turned out.”
The dance party began at 7 p.m. and ended with a breakfast for all of the hardworking and exhausted dancers around 10:30 p.m. Throughout the event, there was excellent participation from the teams that registered: Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Westminster Softball, Phi Delta Theta and William Woods University’s Sigma Tau Gamma.