UMD Greek Life Organizes “BreastFest” Event to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Photo courtesy of Nick Delgado

The Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority partnered this year to lead the eighth annual “BreastFest of Champions” philanthropy event fundraiser Oct. 20.

All profits went toward breast cancer research, specifically research at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Photo courtesy of Nick Delgado

“The laboratory is really doing cutting edge work on breast cancer research,” Alex Ulrich, freshman finance major and Kappa Alpha Order brother, said.

The event was held in front of Kappa Alpha’s fraternity house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shirts between $10 and $12 were also sold in various locations on campus until the 20th, and all money went toward benefiting cancer research.

Courtesy: photography by Julia Heimlich

In past years, Breastfest included speakers, raffles, food and shirt-selling. But according to Nick Delgado, a junior community health major and the event’s chairman, the gathering was a bit different this year.


“This year, I kind of wanted to change it up,” Delgado said. “I have some connections to local up-and-coming bands in rock and reggae genres, so I asked if they would play for us.” In addition to Edjacated Phools, Breastfest also featured Modern Nomad and Never Ending Fall.

Photo courtesy of Nick Delgado