Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Zeta Tau Alpha Raises $70,000 for Breast Cancer

Greek talent show raises money to support breast cancer
By Zina Shulman

One sorority increased donations by almost $20,000 for an annual fund-raiser supporting breast cancer awareness and education.

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority announced Friday at the Big Man on Campus talent show that members had raised $69,411 in support of breast cancer research, an $18,303 increase from last year.

Big Man on Campus is an annual fund-raiser during which Greeks compete against one another in effort to raise money. Every year, the sorority collects donations through various events, including Penny Wars and Boiler Market Frenzy. The end of the fund-raiser is marked by a talent show in which one candidate is announced the Big Man on Campus.

This year, the title went to Kappa Sigma's Chris Huff, a junior in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences. Huff enjoyed performing his dance on stage and receiving the support of his fraternity brothers.

"(Winning the title) kind of makes you feel like a celebrity on campus," Huff wrote in an e-mail.

He said his fraternity has won the competition three out of the last four years.

"I'm already looking forward to next year's Big Man on Campus and just passing my crown onto the next Kappa Sigma," he said.

Another highlight of Friday night's show was guest speaker Geralyn Lucas, a producer for Lifetime Television and author of the book "Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy." She spoke about the hardships of having breast cancer at a young age and her support for the philanthropy. She was particularly impressed with the fraternity brothers' efforts.

"Guys who support breast cancer are hot," she said.

Although the philanthropy's cause is serious, the mood at the show was light.
Ryan Walker, a freshman in the College of Science, said he enjoyed the night.
"It is really neat that something so fun can be beneficial to charity," he said.