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TCU’s Sigma Gamma Rho hosts hip-hop charity dance class for “Operation Book Bag”

Allyson Sledge
Members of the Tau Rho Chapter pose for a picture at their “Dancing With the Poodles” charity event. (Allyson Sledge)

TCU’s Sigma Gamma Rho sorority hosted their “Dancing With the Poodles” charity event to raise money for “Operation Book Bag.”

The event, which was at the University Recreation Center, had an entry fee of a $3 donation or school supplies. The proceeds went to Sigma Gamma Rho’s national program “Operation Book Bag.”

Sigma Gamma Rho joined TCU in April 2018. 

“We are a historically African American sorority and we are part of the National Panhellenic Council, which consists of eight other African-American founded sororities,” said Allyson Sledge, a junior and vice-president of the Tau Rho Chapter.

The sorority has five national programs and partners with multiple organizations. Some include March of Dimes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA Swimming and Infinite Care.

The charity event was a hip-hop based class for all levels. Sledge, a French and modern dance double major, choreographed the dance. 

“We have lots of people with different ranks and levels and so having to cater to everyone’s needs and engage in what everybody was at, it was a workout,” Sledge said. 

The sorority raised $50 and 20 school items to give to “Operation Book Bag.” Sledge said the support was important.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get that support, especially being an African American sorority, but the support means a lot to us and our sorority as a whole,” Sledge said. 

Sigma Gamma Rho’s next charity event, scheduled for October, will raise money for breast cancer awareness and mental health. They also have plans to participate in the “St. Jude’s Walk.”

“It feels really good to give back to the community and I definitely feel like being able to bring that here to my school and contribute to my sorority and just knowing that these school supplies are going to people who need them,” Sledge said.

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