Phi Delta Theta’s Soberfest: mocktails, glow party, DJ


The “Welcome to Soberfest” sign that was placed outside of the event.
Photo by Tyler Keohane


Phi Delta Theta’s third annual “Soberfest” was celebrated this past Thursday, Mar. 1, to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Located on the Evans Commons Lawn from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., students came to Soberfest to dance, socialize and have a good time — all without having any alcohol.  

In previous years, they have had different themes, such as bounce houses. This year, Phi Delta Theta wanted to throw a glow dance party, according to Matthew Stocker. Stocker is a member of Phi Delta Theta and helped organize the event.

At the event, there were several tables filled with “party food” like chips and dip. Phi Delta Theta members also acted as bartenders, serving non-alcoholic cocktails, or “mocktails.”

There were also multiple “water pong” tables for students to play, without the normal consequences of beer pong.

Students dance outside of Evans Commons during Phi Delta Theta’s Soberfest 2018. Photo by Tyler Keohane

The DJs, Brenton Giannakis and Bo Carlin, are friends of Phi Delta Theta, and were happy to be supporting the cause.

“You don’t need drugs or alcohol to have a fun time at a college event,” Alex Burket said. Burket is the philanthropy adviser for Phi Delta Theta. Burket has been involved in every “Soberfest” at Lindenwood since the first one.

The proceeds of this event will be donated to “Live Like Lou,” an organization that helps fight against ALS and supports the family of the diagnosed. “Live Like Lou” was created in 2011, and partnered with Phi Delta Theta in November of 2017. The organization was named after the baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who made people aware of ALS.

“This money is going to help a family that lost [someone] to ALS,” Burket said. Phi Delta Theta’s goal this year is to raise $1,000 to help fight ALS and to support the families who struggle because of it.

Keep a lookout for Phi Delta Theta’s next event to help out the cause.