Delta Phi Epsilon will host its 11th annual fashion show to raise money for Relay for Life on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center.
Relay for Life is an annual fundraising relay walk that supports the American Cancer Society. At the fashion show, the sorority will sell VIP tickets for refreshments and reserved seating, hold a silent auction, and collect donations to benefit Relay for Life.
At last year’s fashion show, the sorority set a record for most money raised for a philanthropic organization by a student organization at NSU, raising $15,000 for Relay for Life.
Jessica Rodriguez, sophomore business administration major and vice president of programming for Delta Phi Epsilon, said that the fashion show is an opportunity for students to have fun, donate to a really good cause, and be part of something bigger than themselves. She estimated that around 450 people attended last year’s fashion show.
“The fashion show is a big part of NSU now,” she said. “It’s set records.”
Rodriguez looks forward to seeing how successful the event is this year.
“So many people have a connection to Relay for Life or have been affected in some way by the existence of cancer,” she said. “It’s a cause that people can really stand behind, and it’s a really fun night. You get to come and see your friends modeling onstage and having a blast.”
Joshua Haeffner, senior psychology major, modeled in the fashion show last year.
“It wasn’t just an event for fun, even though walking was fun,” he said. “It was an event that had a purpose that so many students came and contributed to, unlike any other events I’ve seen so far. Having the school come together is extraordinary.”
Haeffner said that he’s been a part of other philanthropy events on campus, but none of them have been as successful as Delta Phi Epsilon’s fashion show. He is walking in the show again this year and said that he’s already thinking about what he wants to do with his walk.
“To have the enthusiasm and participation is very rare at NSU,” he said. “I like making people laugh, and, if it leads to people donating, it means more than just making people laugh.”
For more information about the fashion show, contact Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit gofundme.com/e9ty2ad8 to donate to Relay for Life.
Photo Credit. J. Rodriguez