The Sigma Kappa sorority chapter put on a philanthropy event last week that featured a number of local comedians and musicians. The event was named Hilarity for Charity and it was held in the CUB Auditorium. Proceeds from the show went to Alzheimer’s research.
The premise of the variety show was inspired by a show put on by actor/comedian Seth Rogan and actress Lauren Miller. The original Hilarity for Charity event was held in Jan. 2012 with the goal of raising Alzheimer’s awareness among the younger generation.
Many of the WSU Sigma Kappa chapter’s national philanthropic events pertain to Alzheimer’s awareness, which is why the Sigma Kappa Philanthropy Chair Giuliana Plut said utilizing the Hilarity for Charity variety show model made sense. The performers in the event included singer Chelsea Felton, comedian Jake Rummel (me, the Palouse Live contributor), guitarist and singer Garrett Knight and comedian Miles Hendrix.
Plut hosted the event, and transitions were smooth even though comedy and music can sometimes be a difficult shift for performers to make in a live show context. “The show went really well, they were well organized,” Hendrix said. “All the acts were interesting. The audience was really into it and receptive.”
The event had an attendance of about 150 students, many of them affiliated with a Greek chapter. Plut said backstage during the event there were a couple concerts on campus the same night, so there was some unforeseen competition when it came to live entertainment. Fortunately, the audience that did attend was engaged and forgiving which is often more important than size when it comes to the success of live performance.
The atmosphere of a philanthropy event is certainly considerably different than that of a comedy club; however, Hendrix said his preparation doesn’t really change much. ““I just approach each show like what can I say, what can I not say, and go there and have fun,” Hendrix said. “I try to open with something unique to the moment everywhere.”
Philanthropy events like this are really a win-win for Greek chapters, they raise money for quality causes and they also improve reputations. Audience member and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority member Sarah Marchitto said philanthropy events, especially ones held on campus like Hilarity for Charity, help fight negative stereotypes often associated with the Greek community. “I think it shows how much the Greek community cares and contributes to philanthropies like Alzheimer’s research,” Marchitto said.