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Greek cancer fund raiser, concert to feature Ingram

Sept. 18, 2003

By Lauren Giles, reporter

The local Zeta Tau Alpha and Beta Theta Pi are hosting their fourth annual 'Concert for a Cause' at Friday at the Texas Ranger Museum with guest performances from Jack Ingram and Waking Norman.

Event coordinators moved the location from the Heart of Texas fairgrounds to the Texas Ranger Museum this year to keep the concert closer to campus.

'This concert is held exclusively for Baylor students, and we wanted to move it to a closer venue to benefit the student body,' Matt McKamy, a Caddo Mills junior, said.

The Texas Ranger Museum sits adjacent to I-35, just north of University Parks Drive.

Every year, Zeta chapters across the country donate money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, helping raise awareness and providing funding for research.

Last year, Zeta Tau Alpha donated $3,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. This amount is based strictly on the income from the concert and does not include the money raised throughout the year by the sorority.

Brothers of Beta Theta Pi fraternity are raising money for the Ellen Cobb Memorial Scholarship. The money will provide an opportunity for outstanding Frisco High School students to attend Baylor with some financial assistance.

Members of both organizations spent the first weeks of school visiting local businesses in hopes of receiving donations for the silent auction that also will be held Friday night in the banquet hall of the Texas Ranger Museum. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the recognized philanthropies.

When the concert began three years ago, Pat Green headlined the entertainment, and for the past two years Cory Morrow returned as guest performer.

'Ingram is a well-known country singer who will provide the Texas country environment we are looking for, and Waking Norman is a more traditional Dave Mathews Band sound with a Pat Green twist,' Jenny Davant, a San Antonio senior, said. 'We want to reach out to other people who have other musical interests.'

According to the band's Web site, Waking Norman recently visited Los Angeles to film a video for the new single, 'Stuck in a Stare.' Waking Norman consists of five band members and recently released its album Two Years Gone. Members of the chapter said they hoped profits from this concert and other fund raisers can make a difference in the community while providing an enjoyable outlet for the student body.