February 14, 2012

Kissing Away Cancer: A Valentine party for charity

By Laura Diaz–

In their search for a breast cancer awareness fundraiser, Zeta Tau Alpha and Beta Theta Pi worked together to organize Kiss Away Cancer, which was a fair held at the Red Barn on Thursday, Feb. 9. Both Greek organizations share the same philanthropy — breast cancer awareness.

Entrance was $5 at the door or $1 if you were wearing pink. Massages, caricatures, face painting, ring toss, a duck pond and a raffle were some of the activities offered. However, the most appealing activity was the kissing booth. By paying $1, people had the chance to get a kiss on the cheek by a Zeta or Beta.

Some people heard about the event from flyers, such as marketing major sophomore Courtney Craig. “The event had a pretty good turn out. I liked what I ate, plus it’s very conveniently located,” she said.

Besides posted flyers, there was a Facebook event and both Zetas and Betas passed out flyers on campus.

“Within the first two minutes, people came up to get drawings,” said caricaturist Jordan Williamson, a freshman majoring in art. He liked the event and said he would do some caricatures again.

When talking about how difficult and time consuming organizing an event could be, Zeta philanthropy chair and junior English major Emily Mauldin said “it’s not tedious if you enjoy doing it, and I like it.” Mauldin would repeat it. She also added, “Betas are helpful and have a good attitude. Most of them are participating.”

The DJ was playing popular songs while people were dancing, eating and participating in the activities. The pink tablecloths and balloons along with the music and games gave it a great atmosphere.

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Photos: Eric Voet/The Louisville Cardinal

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