The glitz and glam of Vegas arrived in Knoxville for Sigma Kappa's second annual Sigma Hold 'Em philanthropy event.
The three-day event, which began on Nov. 12, included different activities for Greeks including the Vegas Tribute Show, poker lessons and a poker tournament on the final day.
Olivia Rothermel, an organizer of the event, said she loved the idea of making Sigma Hold 'Em bigger and grander than the previous year.
"We wanted to build it and continue to have this event grow in its potential and participation," Rothermel said.
A new addition to the philanthropy event, the Vegas Tribute Show, took place on Tuesday. The activity allowed participants representing their own organizations to perform multiple talents on stage.
"It consisted of a celebrity impersonation portion, a formal wear, and a question and answer," Rothermel said.
The proceeds collected from the event are used to support the chapter's national philanthropy, the Sigma Kappa Foundation.
"The philanthropy that Sigma Hold 'Em raises money for actually goes to five different philanthropies all within the Sigma Kappa Foundation," Rothermel said. "Our main one is Alzheimers."
Other organizations the money supports are the Maine Sea Coast Mission, Gerontology, Support a Sister and Inherit the Earth.
Despite successful fundraising, some chapter members like Lindsey Steffy, a sophomore in business, said she did not enjoy some of the new activities.
"I thought the events that were added to our philanthropy event this year were a good addition, however, a lot of members of our chapter were really unsure of what to do," Steffy said. "It really wasn't a good situation."
In Steffy's opinion, the event's most successful activity was the poker tournament.
"My favorite part of Sigma Hold 'Em was the same as last year. I really like the actual tournament," Steffy said. "It's just really fun to dress up and walk around and serve people food and see all your sisters dressed up. That's always really fun."
Rothermel said she thought the event was a success.
"I just look forward to bigger and better things from it," Rothermel said. "We had more participation in the poker tournament this year, and I thought we had a great number of participation in the Vegas Tribute Show this year. I thought it was a great time, and it went really well."