Members of Lycoming College's Lambda Chi Alpha and Pennsylvania College of Technology's Phi Mu Delta may not attend the same school but they understood they are all part of the same community.
In order to help the community, they organized and hosted "Hip Hop Helps: A Concert for Flood Relief" on Nov. 2 at Synergy Night Club, 416 W. Third St.
There was a $5 entrance fee for the concert, with half of it going toward the Lycoming County United Way for flood relief.
From left, Michael Tonart, Lambda Chi Alpha member and Ian Goff, Phi Mu Delta member are shown with Rosann Pelleschi, Lycoming County United Way director of funds distribution and community building, as she receives a $500 donation from Myles Biggs, Lambda Chi Alpha president, from the proceeds of a Nov. 2 fundraising concert. At right is Scott Lowery, Lycoming County United Way executive director.
The other half went toward Synergy to pay for electricity and other costs.
Lucas Gilson, alumni chair of Phi Mu Delta, said the two fraternities had a relationship from working on other projects and so it was a natural fit to work together.
"It's a college town, so we have to work together," said Michael Tonart, Lambda Chi Alpha member.
Tonart said the idea for a hip-hop concert came from the fact many students and residents in the area like the style of music and they thought it would bring more people out to it. The idea was furthered by Tonart's background as a disc jockey.
"That's where the idea came from for a dance party," said Myles Biggs, Lambda Chi Alpha president.
Biggs said the fraternities chose Synergy as the location of the concert because they were able to invite everyone over the age of 18, so it did not alienate anyone from the colleges.
The concert featured some local artists, such as Hot Zaaq, as well as others Tonart knows. Artists volunteered their time to the concert.
Tonart also saw this as an opportunity to help victims of the flood, as his family was affected by it in Wilkes-Barre.
Biggs said they also hope this event promotes Greek life in a positive light. He said many times people have an idea of what fraternities are but in fact those ideas aren't correct.
The concert is just one way to show how the two fraternities are a part of the community and want to help. The show attracted 200 people and the fraternities donated $500 to the Lycoming County United Way on Thursday.
"It definitely exceeded the expectations that we originally had," Tonart said.
Tonart said they weren't sure how many people they would originally have because of it being on a Wednesday night. He said though it wasn't a traditional night for students to go out, "people still realized it was for a good cause."
The fact both colleges were involved also made a difference as instead of it being one college event, it was a "community-wide event," Biggs said.