Men dress up as superheroes from the DC Universe. Pictured are Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and Flash.
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Wednesday night was a night of funny costumes for a good cause. The sisters of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority came together to put on their 10th annual Halloween Fashion Show for the Greek community and the general student body. The show is meant to be a fundraiser, and all funds raised as part of the show were donated to three philanthropies: March of Dimes, the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation and the Robbie Page Memorial Fund. All Greek Life organizations on Embry-Riddle’s campus participated in the show and represented themselves uniquely and creatively.
Greek Life is about community, no matter what the stereotypes might say. It is about getting to know more people on campus and to get involved. Being a member can also lead to networking opportunities with former brothers or sisters in industry. Your fellow brothers or sisters become your best friends, your mentors, your source for empowerment and encouragement when the times get tough. It is more than a set of letters; it is about personal growth. The fashion show aims to allow members to interact with the public and share their organization’s values with the public and the rest of the Greek community.
Tri-Sigma focuses on instilling faith, hope, love, power and wisdom in its sisters with the goal of empowering them to succeed both in college and in the workforce. The associated Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation aims to help fulfill this goal by allocating donated funds to initiatives such as college scholarships for sisters and travel stipends for leadership and professional conferences.
The sorority also supports giving back to those who helped them become who they are. One of the largest charities that Tri-Sigma supports is the March of Dimes.This organization supports mothers with premature babies and helps them mediate the cost of caring for the babies, particularly NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) costs. They also help hold baby showers for military mothers in the event their husbands are deployed overseas. The charity helps with expenses and provides counseling services to mothers who are struggling with life apart from their spouses.
Along with March of Dimes, Tri-Sigma supported a third organization with their proceeds from the show: The Robbie Page Memorial Fund. Created to help cure polio, the foundation shifted to play therapy, a type of counseling where young children express their thoughts and feelings through play rather than speech. The foundation supports this therapy in hospitals, and currently runs three hospitals in America. Donations from Wednesday’s show directed to Robbie Page will go to help support young children through play therapy and to help fundthe three hospitals.
Featured in this year’s show was the Mr. and Mrs. Halloween contest. Introduced last year, the contest allows Greek organizations to compete against each other to see who can be the most creative while also raising money. Competitors are judged on a point system that factors in fundraising, support petition signatures, and the final walk. There were a lot of hilarious and well-made costumes, but all in all the show was quite memorable.