With scenic palm trees framed by the well-lit freshmen towers in the background, Saturday’s Afroman concert was a great time for students and also served a worthy cause.
The concert was part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s third annual Paddy Murphy Week, a week devoted to philanthropy. All of the funds raised go toward the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cure children with diseases such as cancer, muscular dystrophy and diabetes.
Best known for his novelty song “Because I Got High,” Afroman, dressed in a suit, green top hat and gold chain, sang of lighting up and mellowing out.
His songs like “Let’s All Get Drunk Tonight” and outrageous crowd shout-outs were a hit and drew plenty of cheers from psyched concertgoers. Amid all of the excitement, Sigma Alpha Epsilon members hustled through the crowd with plastic containers, collecting money for their cause.
“I had a great time. Afroman is fun, shock-value entertainment, and it’s cool that this is raising money for a good cause,” said Mary Lohr, a sophomore.
Event coordinator Daniel Casamayor said he was satisfied with the turnout.
“I am glad that SAE had the opportunity to provide an entertainment venue for UM students and raise money and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network,” said Casamayor, a junior. “Helping put together this concert has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I can’t wait to do it again my senior year.”
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