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Eat your heart out: AST raises money for Children’s Heart Foundation

The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau raised money and awareness for the Children’s Heart Foundation with their first annual “Eat Your Heart Out” dessert making contest Friday night in the Beaman Student Center.

Three dollars allowed access to all-you-can-eat desserts, all of which were baked by Belmont’s Greek life. Proceeds went to the Children’s Heart Foundation, which supports research for congenital heart disease. Each fraternity and sorority entered a main dessert for judging.

Diana Dowell, an AST alumna and mother of a 5-year-old son with congenital heart disease, was the main speaker. Dowell discussed the vivid memories of hospital visits and the vital role of the Children’s Heart Foundation in funding research. After undergoing multiple heart surgeries, her son will be attending kindergarten next year.

“The Eat Your Heart Out event was so important to the sorority and I because we were able to bond over a cause that one of our sisters has near and dear to her heart: one of the AST alumni, her son, has congenital heart disease,” said AST’s Philanthropy Director Denée Headen. “We’re raising money to help patients and everyone else going through the same struggle as her son.”

Attendees, both members from fraternities and sororities as well as other Belmont students, mostly filled the meeting room from the start of the event to the end.

“It’s nice to be out to support another sorority. It’s really good for us to stick together,” said Hannah Reimers, a sophomore member of Phi Mu. “There’s a ton of food, and it’s for a good cause.”

Jacob Dowser, a senior in Alpha Tau Omega, also shared positive words about the night.

“I’m the sweetheart of AST, so I’m a little biased, but it’s been a very good event,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be this big. A lot of people showed up.”

The winner of the dessert contest was the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity with their marshmallow mini-brownies. Junior James Handy and freshman Austin Coleman among other members celebrated the win together.

“We made a peanut-butter ganache filled brownie with a toasted marshmallow on top,” said Handy. “We just wanted to have fun and go all-out, and we’re just super stoked to be able to help out such a great cause for congenital heart disease.”

This article was written by Jacqueline Skokna.

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