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Phi Mu hosts its own version of battle of the bands

The evening of Nov. 14 could very well be a local closet rocker’s claim to fame. Music lovers will be meeting to partake in and enjoy authentic live music that ranges from amateur to sensational. This event promises to not only be a great time for live-music lovers of all genres, it will also be a philanthropic event for a great cause.
Phi Mu at Florida Gulf Coast University will be hosting its own version of battle of the bands; Bonnamu will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Fleamasters Music Hall, Fort Myers. This event is being held to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network and the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to the event and perform. Your ticket in the door will be a wristband that can be purchased for $10 at the Phi Mu table on campus Nov. 10, 12 and 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members will be selling tank tops in addition to the tickets to meet their goal of raising $8,000 for CMNH and the All Children’s Hospital.
“Bonnamu is a battle of the bands event where anyone can perform,” said Lauren Dowd, Phi Mu’s philanthropy chair. “It’s a philanthropy event to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This event is put on by a lot of other Phi Mu chapters across the nation, and we really wanted to bring it to FGCU.”
Dowd will also have a video camera set up on the first day of tabling for anyone who wants to dance and be a part of the sorority’s “Shake It Off” music video inspired by Taylor Swift that they will be unveiling the evening of Bonnamu.
“Bonnamu is going to be like going to a big concert where you know the performers,” Dowd said. “You will see all of the groups perform their set and even a special performance from our talented sisters. We’ll also be showing our compiled ‘Shake It Off Video’ from tabling. At the end of the night, a winner will be crowned with a big trophy and $100.”
CMNH was created to help children by actively supporting improved health care for millions of young people around the world. Its mission is to generate funds and awareness programs for the benefit of children served by its associated hospitals. According to The Children’s Miracle Network’s official web page, they now serve more than 170 nationwide.
The Phi Mu chapter at FGCU has raised $11,000 for CMNH after having been on campus for a little more than two years. This is not including their reign as highest fundraiser in Dance Marathon, which also raises money and awareness for CMNH.
“I would love for Bonnamu to become an annual event on this campus,” Dowd said. “It is going to be really fun and iconic.”
Students, faculty, staff and alumni who wish to attend or perform at Bonnamu can stop by Phi Mu’s table on campus the week of the event or you may contact Lauren Dowd at fgcuphimuphilanthropy@gmail.com.

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Cait Schall

Cait Schall is a junior journalism major and the assistant opinion editor for Eagle News. She is a rollerblading enthusiast who enjoys attending sporting events and concerts. Cait is also a proud member of Chi Omega at FGCU. When you can’t find her writing in the newsroom she most likely can be found outside trying something new that’ll probably result in broken bones or at home binge watching her latest Netflix obsession. (Follow Cait on Twitter: @CaitlinSchall)

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