Sigma Kappa event raises more than $700

Payton Wardlow, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, laughs backstage while Christen Profanicik, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, warms up on his guitar before before the fourth annual “Can You Duet?” hosted by Sigma Kappa sorority Thursday night. Wardlow and Profanicik were partners in the competition.

Amanda Young

Eight pairs showcased their talents at Sigma Kappa sorority’s philanthropic event, “Can You Duet?”

The organization invites other Greeks to sponsor two people to sing, dance or perform a skit to raise money for Sigma Kappa’s foundation for Alzheimer’s disease and gerontology research.

“Sigma Kappa foundation is a nonprofit organization,” said Danielle Adams, vice president of Philanthropic Services.  “Since we started, the foundation has raised over a million dollars for Alzheimer’s research.”

At the end of the evening, Sigma Kappa raised more than $700.

Each act was unique to the group, from an Elton John and Michael Buble compilation to guitar playing.

Omega Phi Alpha sorority sponsored Rachel Batt and Shanna Downey, who set out a guitar case on stage during their act. OPA members proceeded to put money in the case throughout the song. The money was donated to Sigma Kappa at the end of the show.

The evening was not just about Sigma Kappa though.

The organization donated $50 to Alpha Xi Delta sorority’s philanthropy for having the highest attendance.

Kappa Delta sorority members Caitlin Pike and Martha Caudill, who represented Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, won first place with their tap dance routine.

“We worked really hard because there was a lot of pressure,” Pike, a senior, said.

This is not the women’s first time winning, however.

In the four years that the WKU chapter of Sigma Kappa has hosted the event, the pair won last  year and was first runners up the year before that.

“We’ve done it since its conception,” Caudill said. “We’ve worn the same costume every year. The jackets are lucky.”

Morgan Threlkeld and Stephanie Gahafer representing Chi Omega sorority were runners up with McKinsey Campbell and Shelby Bell representing Alpha Delta Pi sorority winning third place.