Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"Tango on Your Tongue"

Last week, Tau Beta Sigma (the music service sorority I'm in) participated in Alpha Delta Pi’s annual Blend-Off competition and earned 2nd place! Alpha Delta Pi, a campus social sorority, hosts Blend-Off as a fun philanthropic event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Campus groups are invited to enter in the contest and create a “mocktail” beverage (non-alcoholic) that Blend-Off attendees can enjoy. The teams are judged by a panel that awards points for the taste of the drink, creativity of the display, participation by the group, and spirit. Team members also donate collected soda tabs and spare change, and the total collected is added on to the team’s overall score.

I was in charge of planning Blend-Off this year, and I couldn't have done it without my Little's help and the rest of the committee at the event. Our team’s drink was “Tango on Your Tongue,” and we stuck with an elegant, Spanish theme and incorporated music, of course. The drink was a tangy, fruity blend of pineapple juice, cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice, lemon juice, apple juice, and ginger ale. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and we received positive feedback about our drink and decorations. My Little made our awesome sign board, and a judge who is a graphic designer complimented us on it. I was chosen at the last minute to compete for the title of “Mardi Gras Queen,” where a representative from each group answers trivia questions about Alpha Delta Pi and Ronald McDonald House. While the other groups had been studying the information for awhile, I was given the study sheet just 10 minutes before the competition because we realized no one was prepared to compete! I was quite nervous, but after cramming faster than I ever have for any test, I ended up tying for 2nd place! We then found out that we had won 2nd place overall for the entire competition, and claimed our fabulous prize—a limo ride and dinner for 8 at Del Frisco’s in Dallas!! Beta Delta has now proudly earned 2nd place two years in a row… maybe we will get 2nd place next year? It was really fun, and great experience to plan our portion of this big event.

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