Central Michigan University’s Greek community surpassed its own expectations, raising $30,075 for Special Olympics during Greek Week 2014.
As soon as the doors opened, a flood of cheering students, both Greeks and non-Greeks, stormed McGuirk Arena, ready to hear how much money the week-long event raised and to compete in the week’s final event, mock rock.
“It has been a long week, we’re tired, but we broke records and surpassed our goal,” said Inter Fraternal Council coordinator Tyler Grinblatt.
The arena could barely contain the energy the Greek community unleashed after being told they had raised more than $30,000, surpassing last year’s philanthropy.
During Greek week 2013, the Greek community raised more than $22,000 for last year’s chosen philanthropy, the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation.
“It feels good to be part of something so big,” said Grand Rapids senior and Beta Theta Pi fraternity member Jeffrey Malinowski. “No other group on campus could raise this kind of money in five days.”
Paired fraternity and sorority teams competitively danced throughout the night with a mix of well-choreographed routines, props and popular music.
Although the event was competitive, every fraternity and sorority passionately cheered for every other performance.
At the end of the night, after all the points earned throughout Greek Week were added up, Beta Theta Pi and Phi Sigma Sigma were crowned the overall winners with 490 points.