BY CAROLYN LISBOA
On Oct. 24, the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) hosted their annual “G Factor” Talent Show in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Edgerton Theater.
The event was organized by the Sacred Heart chapter of ZTA as part of their contribution towards the sorority’s national philanthropy of Breast Cancer Education Awareness.
The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation raises over $700,000 in scholarships annually to fund research of breast cancer treatment and prevention, as well as provide sponsorships for its members to engage in a range of educational and leadership opportunities.
“A lot of work goes into planning an event like this, from getting all the acts and music together, making sure people are interested and signed up to perform, taking care of all the props, and just ensuring everything goes smoothly,” said junior and ZTA Think Pink chairman Jacqueline Collins.
“This is my second year organizing the ‘G-Factor’ Talent Show, and I think it’s just a great way to advocate for a good cause through the talent SHU students have to offer,” said Collins.
Tuesday night’s show saw a variety of acts giving their best to support ZTA’s philanthropy.
The talent show began with the introduction of the hosts and a panel of student judges, creating a lively and professional atmosphere reminiscent of “America’s Got Talent.” The SHU Dance Team provided the opening number for the night with an upbeat medley performance.
Performances included vocal solo and duet pieces, live band music, and a tap-dance number among others. Performances by members of the different Greek Life organizations on campus showcased not only the talent at Sacred Heart, but the wholehearted support of individual student communities.
The event drew in a large crowd of students who came to show their support for the cause.
“I had a good time here tonight…special shout-out to Dan Diggins and Josiah Hardwick, they were the best hosts, hands-down,” said freshman Jake Restino.
As part of their fundraising efforts, a raffle was also held during intermission which included a number of prizes. A live DJ set the mood with an upbeat mix that kept the crowd energized throughout the evening.
At the end of the show, the sisters of ZTA came together onstage for a final performance of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations.
The event concluded on an uplifting note that highlighted the solidarity among the ZTA community and their dedication to promoting their cause.
“As one of the biggest sororities on campus, Zeta Tau Alpha prides itself on being able to host this exciting event,” said senior and ZTA member Meggie Dillon. “You can clearly see the great turnout that we had tonight, and know that through supporting such an important cause like breast cancer awareness, ZTA really brings out the support of Greek Life here on campus.”