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F&M Students 'ShamRock the Stage' to Prevent Child Abuse

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  • F&M student Maria Lytle '16 performs "Pack Up" by Eliza Doolittle during ShamRock the Stage. Lytle won first place in the talent show, which benefitted local and national charities. (Photo courtesy of Carly Campoli '14)

Franklin & Marshall College students danced, sang and wowed the crowd with their many talents Nov. 27 in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center in an effort to prevent abuse and neglect of children across the country.

The Eta Lambda chapter of Kappa Delta sorority at F&M hosted a college-wide talent show, "ShamRock the Stage," to support local and national charities. More than 380 students attended the fourth annual event, helping to raise more than $2,000.

Eighty percent of the proceeds will benefit The Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties, which aims to prevent homelessness among single women in the local community. The remaining 20 percent will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), a national organization founded in 1972 dedicated to preventing abuse and neglect of children.

"ShamRock was very special this year because we hosted it in the ASFC [rather than the Roschel Performing Arts Center], which gave us the capacity to invite almost twice as many people than we have in previous years," said Emily Song, Kappa Delta's vice president for community service. "It is so wonderful to see the campus get together to support our school-wide talent show, but it was even more exciting this year because we brought in higher revenue for our philanthropies."

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  • F&M's DIP'N Steppers entertain the crowd during their performance at ShamRock the Stage. The group finished in second place. (Photo courtesy of Carli Campoli '14)

ShamRock the Stage showcases the talent of various individuals and student groups at F&M. The performances included a cappella singing, comedy acts, dancing and other displays of talent.

Kappa Delta sorority chapters across the country host "ShamRock" events to benefit PCAA. F&M's Kappa Delta chapter was founded on May 3, 2008.