Sororities show off fashions for charity

Sorority and fraternity members filled the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre to standing room only for Friday night’s Seventh Annual Panhellenic Fashion Show to benefit the Y-Me national breast cancer organization. Students raised $3,500 for the organization by showing off the latest fashions in workout, club, business and dress wear.

The show began with an athletic wear segment, with models scantily clad in Nike and Everlast apparel.

“We are going to see a lot of spandex tonight, guys!” sophomore co-host Andrea Ross of Alpha Epsilon Phi, announced to the audience.

Sorority members paraded down the catwalk in sports bras and matching shorts.

Senior Karen Swenson, a member of Delta Gamma, helped host the show.

The event continued as women showed off sexy trends in club wear. They featured many styles with outfits from Expressions, Arden B and Elle, including thong pants – black pants that show a sparkly thong on the outside.

Next up was business wear, combining sensible style with glitz and glamour. While some office trends displayed might not be appropriate for all jobs, the chic clothes students strutted were definitely off the pages of Glamour.

The semi-formal category followed, including dresses from Elle, Anthony’s Wedding Creations and Sauro’s.

Event hosts introduced Nancy Kincaid, president of the D.C.-area Y-Me, at the beginning of the show. Kincaid, a retired Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Information Agency, first got involved with Y-Me after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 1995, and served as its information resource director for three years.

Panhellenic Association President Madeline LePage announced the winners of the raffle, which had been delayed earlier in the show because the group had trouble obtaining a raffling license, she said.

Prizes ranged from restaurant gift certificates and free make-up applications, to health club memberships. The grand prize was a $100 Circuit City gift card.

The evening finale showcased formal gowns. The glamorous gowns sparkled and shined as the sorority members strutted down the red carpet flanked by fraternity members in tuxedos.

Kincaid thanked the crowd for the donation to the Y-Me program.

The HOPEline was created for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who have concerns about their treatment. Y-Me matches HOPEline callers with a breast cancer survivor by diagnosis, treatment type or other concerns.

“This program is unique because of its HOPEline which is run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by breast cancer survivors,” Kincaid said.

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