Each year, Illinois State fraternities and sororities participate in a dance-off at March Madness. The Chi Omega philanthropy event supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 21, in Braden Auditorium of the Bone Student Center. The event is open to everyone, and Chi Omega encourages all students to come offer support!

All fraternal organizations and exhibition teams participate in a dance competition during the event. After the performances, the judges deliberate and announce the winning sorority and the winning fraternity. The first through third place teams each win a monetary prize donated toward their philanthropy. All the money raised from admission goes directly towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was established to grant the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

Krystyn Abbate, Chi Omega Chapter president, is excited for “Millennium Madness,” which is this year’s theme. Abbate’s favorite part of the event is “when the Make-A-Wish child comes onstage because it is such an amazing feeling to see whom our donations benefit.” For the past three years, March Madness has annually raised over $30,000 and each year the event raises enough money to grant six wishes!

Philanthropy is a major component to fraternal life at Illinois State. Every fraternity and sorority supports one national, non-profit organization or charity and holds fundraisers benefiting their organization throughout the year.

March Madness is a great event to bring together the fraternal and Illinois State communities for a night of entertainment. Students can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster starting March 18.

For any questions about March Madness or fraternal life, please contact Fraternity and Sorority Life at (309) 438-2151.

Marie Huels contributed to this article.