ZTA’s 5th Annual BMOC Continues to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

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The annual sorority driven talent show will take place April 26, so ZTA wants you to Think Pink.

 By Leihann Strollo Date: 4/17/17

Every year Zeta Tau Alpha sororities all over the country host their biggest philanthropic event of the year. For IUPUI, it happens in the spring. Big Man On Campus (BMOC), is an annual talent show where a representative from each fraternity on campus competes for the big title. The talents range anywhere from singing and dancing to putting on skits or doing magic, but almost always show the crowd a good time.

(BMOC Directors Kassidy Edwards & Lenie Tsakonas with this year's contestants.)

For months leading up to the event, the competitors and the women of Zeta Tau Alpha raise as much money as they can for their official philanthropy of Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, revealing the amount at the end of the show.

The Lambda Epsilon Chapter at IUPUI is hosting their fifth annual BMOC on April 26 in the Campus Center, without a monetary goal to raise other than as much as they possibly can, according to Kassidy Edwards, BMOC director.

Most of the money raised will go directly to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation which has three Think Pink partnerships. The remainder is decided after the event when the total amount of money is known.

Zeta Tau Alpha and the participating fraternities spend most of the year organizing, practicing, and most importantly raising money for the event through T-shirt sales on campus, ‘Dine to Donate’ events where a local restaurant will split their profits for a night with ZTA, and gathering local sponsorships.

The event doesn’t just raise money and awareness for a good cause, but also gives students the opportunity to gain experience in event management.

“As a TCEM major this event has really provided me with real life experience for my future,” Edwards said. “If it was not for the experience of planning this event I am not sure if I would have the two internships I have lined up for this summer.”

BMOC gives students the opportunity to pay tribute to those in their lives who have been affected by breast cancer, as well.

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“My grandma who is one of my best friends has been a survivor for nine years,” Edwards said. “My stepmom's mom was recently just diagnosed with breast cancer as well and is currently going through radiation.”

According to the statistics, one in every eight women develop breast cancer at some point in their life. Because of this, most people are or know someone affected by breast cancer including Edwards and BMOC contestant, Andrew Thomas.

“Like most people I have close family and friends who have been diagnosis with breast cancer. But I also did this for one of my fraternity brother’s aunt who is fighting breast cancer now,” he said. Thomas is a member of Delta Sigma Phi who have won three out of the last four BMOC contests.

“Since the first event BMOC has always been our main focus,” he said. “Delta Sigma Phi loves to support ZTA and Breast Cancer Awareness and I plan on bringing back the title to my chapter.”

Big Man On Campus will be held in Campus Center room 450 at 7 p.m. on April 26, with a $12 entry fee or $9 if you buy ahead of time.

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