Greek Sing impacts local organization
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Greek Sing impacts local organization

Published 2/9/18

Mark those calendars and get ready to hear favorite songs from three of Disney’s most popular Broadway shows.

This year there are three sororities and four fraternities participating and working to create performances based off the theme Disney Broadway. The three shows featured are The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen.

“We really want to publicize to the community that the show is family-friendly and that we would love to have families come and watch,” said Mary Julie Ferguson, Greek Sing director and member of Alpha Omicron Pi. 

Each year the Greek Sing donates the profits from ticket sales, crowd favorites other fundraisers to a nonprofit venue. This year’s event will benefit the Tahlequah Public Schools’ Backpack Program.

"The backpack program has been operating at Tahlequah Public Schools for at least the past 10 to 12 years," said Tanya Jones, TPS director of federal programs and Indian education. "Many local community agencies, churches, organizations and private donations from families help fund our backpack program."

Jones said the district is able to send home packages - plastic bags donated by Reasor's - with students every week so they have food for the weekend.

“I’m so excited that we chose the backpack program as the official philanthropy for Greek Sing,” said Ferguson. “It’s so important to incorporate the value of community into not only NSU but also NSU Greek Life. The Tahlequah community already does so much for us that this is the least we can do.”

Jones said the program has grown and this past holiday season it was able to send food home with students for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. 

"We also recently have started sending food home for extended holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas," she said.

Volunteers help put more than 100 packages together each week. April Bardell, Central Academy office manager, helps run the program on a day-to-day basis.

"We house all the food and the bags here at Central, and the volunteers came here to put the packages together," said Bardell.

This semester an NSU media studies class from the College of Liberal Arts meets each Tuesday at Central Academy and puts the backpacks together and restocks the shelves for the following weeks. 

Trenton Morgan, NSU Interfraternity Council president, said he was excited to learn the TPS Backpack Program had been selected to receive the proceeds from this year’s sing.

Greek Sing is an amazing tradition at Northeastern State University,” said Morgan. “In the time that I have been here, it has raised thousands of dollars for local causes. As a Tau Kappa Epsilon member, I've seen the dedication and perseverance that each chapter puts forth to ensure a fun competition and a show worth watching. In the end, we all just look forward to contributing to our philanthropy as much as we can. I think that the decision to assist the Tahlequah Backpack Program is a phenomenal choice because the single contribution will trickle down and assist hundreds of children in our community. Greek life at NSU is excited for this year and excited to make a difference.”

NSU’s Greek Sing is Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Center of Performing Art on NSU campus. 

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