As a freshman, I learned how to dance the Shag in University 101. Dancing the Shag felt like a right of passage as a Gamecock. During sorority recruitment, I learned about dancing another very meaningful dance. As I sat in the Phi Mu house, I watched a video about the Phi Mu philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH) provides comfort, treatment and hope to millions of children in the US every year. The sisters of Phi Mu make weekly visits to the Palmetto CMNH, host a battle of the bands during their annual Bonnamu, and dance a dance of care and hope in the 14 hour Dance Marathon. I fell in love with this philanthropy as I fell in love with the girls of Phi Mu.
During Philanthropy round of recruitment, PNMs have the opportunity to learn about each sorority’s philanthropy. Philanthropy days are in round 3 of the recruitment schedule. PNMs, be prepared to be moved and impressed. A sorority is sisterhood and social, but at the heart of every sorority is their devotion to their philanthropy. I felt the love and commitment that Phi Mu has for CMNH. Not only did I want to be a part of the sisterhood and fun at Phi Mu, I couldn’t wait to help make a difference For the Kids (FTK) at CMNH.
Dressed in neon clothes, spirit jerseys, tutus, FTK fanny packs and face paint, the Phi Mu’s dance For the Kids. Everyone is given a wristband with a Miracle Child’s name, age, and medical story. Listening to all of the Miracle Kid’s stories and watching them dance and interact on stage is amazing. Among all the happiness and excitement, there is a fun choreographed line dance and themed hours such as “Beach hour” and “Gamecock hour” where you dress up very spirited. For all 14 hours, you are dancing your heart out with sisters, growing your heart by listening to and cheering on the Miracle Kids, and trying to raise even more money. The best part about Dance Marathon is at the end when the Morale Team flips the signs one by one of the total amount of money we raised! Last year in total USC raised $527,810 FTK!
Although our feet hurt at Dance Marathon, our hearts grew immensely. I was so proud to be part of the Phi Mu sisterhood that raised more money for our philanthropy last year than any other sorority at USC. We can’t wait for new PNMs to join us this year and for more miracles to be made! Come dance with us! #FTK
-Kat Sherry, Sophomore