According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 15,000 children and 15,000 adults each year, or 80 people per day, are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the United States.
To combat the disease, Delta Tau Delta fraternity held its "Battle of the Bands" philanthropy event Wednesday night in the UC auditorium.
Ticket sales went to benefit the JDRF which the fraternity adopted last year, according to Connor Dugosh, a sophomore in philosophy and the fraternity's philanthropy chair.
"I thought that a concert-like experience could generate a lot of energy and competition among participants," said Dugosh, about his idea for the event.
Nine sororities performed with acts ranging from renditions of 'N Sync to the Spice Girls. Mackenzie Evens, junior in public administration and Phi Mu's philanthropy and Lip Sync chair, said it was the most fun philanthropy event she had participated in.
"There were less rules in this than "Lip Sync," which meant less pressure and more fun for us," she said.
But according to Jake Smith, sophomore in journalism and electronic media and brother of Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Chi Omega's winning routine had plenty of synchronization.
"I think what gave Alpha Chi Omega the win," Smith said, "was the overall coordination of their routine and the effort they showed in the spirit portion of the competition."
Results were based on the judges' score sheets, which included categories for performance, costumes and crowd spirit. According to Dugosh, the competition was extremely close.
"We had four bands fight for the top spot by a really close margin," Dugosh said. "The UC auditorium was sold out for the first time ever. We still have money to count. It includes ticket sales, T-shirt sales, donations and participation fees. We should end up (with) around $2500-2800."
A bigger venue, more performances and maybe even some music videos are all possible plans for the event in the future.
"We definitely plan on doing this again due to how successful it was," Dugosh said. The reception has been fantastic and we aim to make the event bigger and better for next year."
Smith was also was pleased with "Battle of The Bands" and the reception that it received.
"It was a great event with a better turnout than any of us could've expected," Smith said. "The sororities showed a lot of support for JDRF and our fraternity. We were very pleased with the effort put forth in the performances on stage and heard a lot of good comments from the participants."
Dugosh said the best part of it all was selling out an auditorium for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on World Diabetes Day.
"Our chapter," Dugosh said, "is extremely grateful for all of the sororities putting forth so much effort for a great cause."