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December 11, 2009

Greeks donate to Salvation Army after successful Songfest

The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Office of Greek Life donated more than $1,200 in toys and clothing to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The donation will be used to provide local underprivileged children with clothing and/or toys for Christmas.

“With the rocky nationwide economy, Greek Life wanted to do its part and make sure local area children would have a Merry Christmas this year,” Greek Live Coordinator Keith Hembree said. “We feel that children are feeling the ill effects of the economy this year and wanted to do what we could to help promote the spirit of giving in Monroe.”

Money raised at the ULM Greek Songfest, held on Nov. 19, was used to help donate these gifts. More than 400 ULM students and faculty, along with members of the community, attended the event.

Kappa Delta Sorority won first place in the competition and performed their award-winning routine at The City of Monroe’s Christmas Tree Light Ceremony held on Dec. 5 at City Hall. Second place was given to Kappa Alpha Order and Third Place at the event was Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Many local businesses including Portico Bar & Grill, PieWorks, Best Buy, ULM Aramark, Afrocentrics, River Outfitters and the ULM Bookstore participated by donating gift cards to be raffled off during Songfest.

Supporters of Songfest include The City of Monroe, ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts, The Radio People, ULM NPHC Council, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, ULM Panhellenic Council and the ULM Interfraternity Council helped make the event a huge success by donating their time and resources.

“Greek Songfest is a great way for all 16 of ULM’s Fraternities and Sororities to show Greek Unity and support while participating in a little friendly competition,” Hembree said. “We hope to make the event an annual one at ULM for years to come.”

For more information on ULM Greek Life, contact Keith Hembree at 318-342-5289 or

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