All ready for Relay!


By Shari Kram

On Wednesday, April 11, as a fundraiser for the annual Relay for Life event, Colleges Against Cancer teamed up with Sigma Phi and the three acappella groups—the Dutch Pipers, Garnet Minstrelles and Eliphalets—to raise money for Relay.

Each group performed numbers from each other’s song lists, competing to see which group could sing the other groups’ songs the best.

Shawn Tangnavarad ‘13, who brought Sigma Phi and the acappella groups together for the event, commented, “I thought the event went really well. The crowd loved the show and I know the singers had a great time performing.”

The group numbers ranged from the Garnet Minstrelles singing “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen to the Dutch Pipers performing “C’est la vie” by Bewitched.

In between the performances, the brothers of Sigma Phi walked around with a coin jar, asking people to donate change toward which group they thought did the best.

In the end, it was revealed that the Garnet Minstrelles won two rounds and the Eliphalets won one.

All of the proceeds went to Relay for Life and the fight against cancer.

By the end of the night the event raised close to $300.

Fundraising Chair of Colleges Against Cancer Jenna Langhans ‘13 noted, “It was amazing that Sig Phi and the acappella groups were so willing to help us out this year, they really helped us make this fundraiser a success.”

In addition, the members of Colleges Against Cancer, along with all those who attended the concert, made a video in response to a challenge by RPI for Union students to decrease the percentage of zero dollar participants (participants who have not raised any money past their registration fee for Relay for Life).

All are really excited about the turnout and hope that a lot of people come to Relay for Life on Friday, April 20.

It is going to be a great night filled with food, games and prizes!


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