By Katie Weitkamp/Around&About editor
It’s time to dress up and dance — for a cause. To help out the community, Mandy Hancock and Pi Beta Phi are planning a ball to help end domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Education Ball will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the Four Quads Room of the Perkins Building.“There are not many events for adults in the community,” said Hancock, a junior at Eastern and coordinator of the ball. “The sorority wanted to do it for the community rather than just for students.”
Hancock came up with the idea of a charity ball from her sister, who always wanted to put one together, but couldn’t decide which charity to help. Hancock’s mother works at a women’s shelter, so it seemed clear to Hancock which cause the donation should go toward.
As a member of Pi Beta Phi, Hancock hopes the event will help bring a better name to Greek organizations on campus.
“A lot of people think of bad things when they think about Greek organizations. This could be a way to get people to realize we do do community service and work for the community as well,” Hancock said. “We are dedicated to service, and this will help show that.”
Another reason the sorority decided to choose domestic violence for their fund-raiser is because it is predominately a female issue. Hancock said her sorority, as a group of women, has a high risk of having some of its members experience domestic violence, not because of who they are as individuals, but because they are women.
Another important aspect for Hancock and her sorority is the percentage of children who are also affected by domestic violence.
“It’s not only women; it happens to 70 to 75 percent of kids too,” Hancock said.
Since the D.O.V.E. Ball is the first of its kind in the Eastern community, the sorority is working hard to get things set for the ball. They hope that although this is the first year for the ball, it will become an annual event for the sorority.
“It’s trial and error really,” Hancock said.
After the initial idea was presented, the sorority formed several committees to help plan the event, including publicity, entertainment and education.
The ball is intended to not only raise money, but also educate about domestic violence. There will be five booths set up at the ball with information on shelters and other places that help women in trouble.
The entertainment for the night will be the music of Blue Umbrella, an all female band from Louisville donating their time and talent to the event. Also, a DJ will play when the band takes breaks.
Dress for the ball is semi-formal. Hancock and Pi Beta Phi expect to raise up to $4,000 at the event from ticket sales as well as auctions. One of the items to bid on is a basketball signed by Tubby Smith, which already has a $100 bid.
Pi Beta Phi hopes to see a representative from each organization on campus at the event. Hancock said it is important for the campus to come together and help with issues, especially ones as prevalent as domestic violence.
Individual tickets cost $30 and couples’ tickets cost $50. The ball will be from 7:30 p.m. to midnight April 26, but reservations must be made by April 19.