Story by Neil Grasso ’20
Sacred Heart University’s Omega Phi Kappa (OPK) fraternity celebrated cultural diversity while raising money for children’s education at its annual Enlightenment Ceremony at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.
More than 500 people attended the event to watch student performances that included dancing, singing, poetry and music. The show opened with a video presentation of past performances and then transitioned into a step-dance performance by OPK members.
“This was a great opportunity to show the public what we prepared for everybody,” said Frankie Scarano, president of OPK. “Our performances included a combination of stepping and strolling, as well as a final act where we brought all members of our fraternity on stage to perform.”
Besides the OPK performances, the event also included presentations by the dance team, the Irish dance ensemble, Greek organizations and the Fairfield University dance team.
Fraternity brothers Gilberto Figueroa and Kendall Clark read poetry during the showcase. Clark closed out the show with a poem written in dedication to his late mother, Denise, who passed away in February 2017.
The event raised $1,600 for the YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, a camping experience in the Berkshire Mountains that nurtures the spirit, mind and body of all participants through development activities.
“This event was more than successful,” said Kevin Carman, OPK’s vice president, who hosted the ceremony alongside Mike Fritz. “We were able to bring amazing performers together and raise a lot of money for a good cause. All of the distinguished gentlemen of Omega Phi Kappa are aware how important our philanthropy is and take it very seriously. If that check will change the life of at least one child, we did our job. I’m proud of our fraternity and couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this organization.”