Panhellenic Talent Show raises $8k supporting efforts to remove educational barriers for women, girls

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Talent show winners line up on stage to receive awards.FIU’s Greek letter community joined together to showcase their talents for a cause at the Panhellenic Talent Show, hosted by the FIU Panhellenic Council on March 21.

The event raised more than $8,000 for Circle of Sisterhood, a foundation that leverages the collective influence of sorority members to raise financial resources to help remove educational barriers for women and girls facing poverty and oppression.

Thirteen groups and individual acts entertained a packed ballroom in GC, with performances ranging from singing and dancing to piano solos, drum solos and a poetry reading.

The favorite acts of the night, pictured above, were awarded in four categories:

  • Overall Winner: Valerie Castañeda of Phi Mu for a piano solo
  • People’s Choice Award: Alessandra Perez of Delta Phi Epsilon for a voice solo
  • Judge’s Choice Award: Karam of Pi Kappa Alpha for a drum solo
  • Most Talented award: Alpha Xi Delta for a group dance

“The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation has the whole support of the Panhellenic Council! We are deeply committed to this cause, since it is fundamental to our values of empowering women. We're putting a lot of effort into raising money and spreading the word to assist girls everywhere in overcoming obstacles to an education,” said Emily Pinto, the council's vice president for membership development.

“This foundation, established by women for women, demonstrates our commitment to mutual support. We're not merely discussing it, we're actually implementing it. We're here to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to pursue an education, because she deserves it!” Pinto added.