Rock out for Autism
On Monday, April 23rd, Kappa Phi Eta held their third annual “Rock Out for Autism.” This is K-Phi’s annual philanthropy project, and all proceeds go to the Have Dreams Foundation, a program dedicated to helping people with autism realize their full potential. The event included musical acts from Carthage, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, and souvenir sale, which included t-shirts and puzzle piece pins.
The Kappa Phi Eta girls have a lot of personal connection to “Rock out for Autism,” which was started by an alumni from the sorority. Some of the girls, like Kelly Vanboldrik ‘14, are going into special education, and pledges like Kaitlin Theobald ’15 are “excited, and think it’s for a great cause.”
This year’s “Rock Out for Autism” included acts from Kayla Arbet ‘12, Joe Sena ‘12, Gina Schwartz, and The Kyle Egan Experience (formally known as The Alex Gigler Project), which consists of Alex Gigler ‘12, Kyle Egan ‘12, and Matt Holmes ‘12.
Ryan Sotzen ’14, who has a personal connection to the cause, also got on stage during the event. He spoke about his brother who was diagnosed with autism and sang a few songs. When asked about “Rock Out for Autism” he said “it’s an absolutely wonderful thing.” The performers had nothing but good things to say as well. After the show, Gigler said he believes this event is “one of the best things the Greeks do on campus. It’s what being Greek is about.” He also believes more events like this should happen, and should be hosted by sororities and fraternities. Egan and Holmes whole-heartedly agreed with him.