Songfest: An Impactful and Fun Event for the BCS Community

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Come one, come all to see over 28 Texas A&M student organizations join together to dance and raise money for many different philanthropies. Texas A&M Chi Omega is hosting the largest Greek philanthropy event at TAMU—the 42nd annual Songfest on March 12 and 13, 2021 at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater! This high energy, two day, three show event brings together both students and the community to help make an impact on lives in BCS and beyond. 

Twelve men’s and twelve women’s organizations will pair up to bring on creative and energetic acts that make up quite an exciting show. The acts have been preparing and perfecting their original dances since last fall, and will perform the highly anticipated show for a panel of judges and thousands of audience members. The performers incorporate creatively choreographed dance numbers, props, and music to craft their unique production.

“Songfest is special because it doesn’t just benefit one or two philanthropies, but 28 local and national ones,” says Maddie Royal, Chi Omega’s Songfest Chair. “By supporting Songfest, you are guaranteed to know you’re not just giving back to our community, but our county, state, country, and world.” 

This year, Chi Omega has already granted a Bryan local’s wish to go to Disney World through their national philanthropy, Make-A-WishⓇ Foundation, and has poured money and volunteer hours into Still Creek Girls’ Ranch, Chi Omega’s local philanthropy. “Getting to be a part of that through Songfest is so rewarding,” Royal says. Most of the philanthropies supported by Songfest are local to BCS such as Scotty’s House, The Boys and Girls Club of Brazos Valley, Bryan ISD, and The Sexual Assault Resource Center, to name a few. “So, most of the money raised at Songfest pours directly back into our community,” adds Royal.

Typically, Chi Omega would host Songfest in the fall semester in Rudder Auditorium, but due to the pandemic, they rescheduled the event for this spring, moving the event outdoors to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater to be able to better social distance and reduce the risk of exposure that an indoor gathering brings. “All audience members will have assigned seating based on who they purchased their tickets with. They will be sitting in socially distanced ‘pods,’ where they will never come in contact with audience members outside their family or housing unit,” Royal says. 

In 2019, Songfest raised almost $200,000 for all of the philanthropies supported by the event. Though Songfest will look different than it has in the past, Chi Omega has worked closely with the city and the university to make having Songfest in person possible, and in turn, making it possible to benefit so many philanthropies.

Songfest is comprised of three shows: Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m., and Saturday March 13 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to the Saturday matinee show and evening shows are on sale for $12 and $16, respectively. Tickets are selling fast, so if you aren’t able to snag a ticket or can’t attend in person, you can purchase a ticket to the Friday or Saturday night live stream for $7. There will also be a virtual Silent Auction from March 8-13 available on the Songfest website. Tickets to both of these events will go directly to the philanthropies represented.

All audience members will be required to wear masks at all times, have their temperature checked upon entry, and use hand sanitizer. This event has been city and university approved, based on the COVID-19 precautions mandated. 

If you are interested in donating or checking out the Songfest Silent Auction, visit Songfest’s website or head to their Instagram page.

Tickets to Songfest can be purchased through Eventbrite here.

For more information about Songfest, visit their website or Instagram page.

Sources:

Interview with Maddie Royal, Chi Omega Songfest Chair

Texas A&M Chi Omega Songfest

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