For college students, the first week of school is always one that is full of anxiety of new classes and coming to the conclusion that your summer is officially over. However, the University of Alabama makes sure to welcome students with one epic concert. The Greekfest committee and Costa Sunglasses host the annual Costa Greekfest. This was the fifth consecutive year that they hosted this event, this time on August 23rd, and even the one-hour weather delay could not keep over 12,000 students from turning out. This annual concert brings Alabama students together to “party for a purpose” and it did not disappoint those lucky enough to get tickets.

The proceeds of the event went to non-profit organizations that make a difference for local Alabamians. The beneficiaries were the University of Alabama Greek Relief Fund and The Billfish Foundation (TBF). The University of Alabama Greek Relief Fund, an organization that provides relief across Tuscaloosa and TBF’s steadfast commitment to the Gulf communities and businesses in the region made it a simple choice. TBF has been working with the Alabama sportfishing community for many years and continues to fight for the conservation of billfish and educate the public about the importance of sportfishing to local communities.

Jay Johnson of Costa’s movie series GeoFish was the master of ceremonies and Costa made sure they gave the concertgoers a full slate of great and diverse group musical acts. The concert’s headliner was Hip-Hop star, Wiz Khalifa, who followed, Dispatch, a Progressive-Rock jam band and local Tuscaloosa band, Mother Funk. Costa held another memorable concert in Tuscaloosa that students will not soon forget. Many of the students received great items from Costa like t-shirts, stickers, and cups. Students even won a pair of Costa sunglasses throughout the night, and two students came on stage to compete for a Yeti cooler and sunglasses via fighting chairs. Not a bad night, even if it was back at school.

TBF would like to thank Costa and the Greekfest committee for selecting The Billfish Foundation as a beneficiary of the event. We would also like to thank the University of Alabama and all the event volunteers for a great event and great time on campus. TBF looks forward to the next participating in the next Costa Sunglasses and University of Alabama event. For more information about the Costa Sunglasses please visit