Eta Kappa Chapter hosts Duet for Abilities competition

The fraternity held a talent show that showcased ten duets performed by members of different fraternities and sororities on campus. The event gave members of Greek life at Plattsburgh State a chance to showcase their talents while raising money for charity.

The panel of judges included chemistry professor Nancy Parri, director of fraternity and sorority life Allison Swick-Duttine and chemistry professor Ed Miller. Miller and Parri currently serve as faculty advisors to Pi Kappa Phi.

Contestants were judged based on preparedness and execution and attendance. Upon arriving at the event, attendees were asked which performer they were supporting and brother of Pi Kappa Phi tallied the points.

Members of the fraternity lined the back of the Warren Ballroom, selling raffle tickets for gift cards to local eateries including Five Guys, Chipotle, Giuseppe’s, Texas Roadhouse and Dickey’s. Tickets for the fourth annual Duet for Abilities event cost $3 and event coordinator Aaron Lowes estimated three-hundred tickets were sold.

Funds raised at the event through ticket sales and raffles was donated to The Ability Experience.

“Roughly $ 1,000 was raised for the Ability Experience and we increased attendance since last year,” Steven Vecerina said. “Last year’s attendance was roughly half tonight of what we had.” 

Vecerina, a member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, has been to all four of Pi Kappa Phi’s Duets for Disabilities events.

Lowes agreed with Vecerina and thinks this year’s strong attendance is because of the increased advertising efforts made by the fraternity this year.

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