By Holly Condon
The Kate Buchanan Room of the University Center was full of models and dancers, but St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was the focus of the night on Saturday Oct. 12. The sorority Lambda Theta Alpha held a fashion show on campus to benefit the hospital as part of their philanthropy project.
Hosted by Nick Viglietti and LTA sister Cassie Cathcart, the show kicked off with a presentation about St. Jude’s hospital and why it is the chosen philanthropy project.
Cathcart, who is a senior and social chair of LTA, explained in the presentation that over $30,000 has been raised by LTA around the country since 2010, and the girls of that sorority work to continue their efforts.
“Our goal is mainly to just raise as much money as we could,” Cathcart said.
The fashion show had four fashion lines to be modeled by the men and women in the show: casual outfits, Bubbles’ line, night-out outfits and Maurices’ line last.
Along with the fashion show were dance performances by the traditional Latin dance group Baile folklórico de Humboldt, Nomadz Street Dance Crew, as well as a raffle throughout the show, all proceeds going to St. Jude’s.
Baile folklórico de Humboldt, classmates of some of the LTA sorority sisters, is a group of both women and men who dance together to traditional music. At the show, they performed a total of four dances, including Vuela Paloma and La Bruja.
The all-male, five-piece dance group Nomadz wrapped up the first half of the fashion show with a 10-minute dance piece of hip-hop, breakdancing; and other street dancing solos.
This was the third year the ladies have done this event. Catherine Lamb, senior and treasurer of LTA, has been a part of this event for all three years and is impressed by how well the show went.
“I was here the first semester we did it, and […] it was a little more unorganized and hectic,” Lamb said. “Then last year I was in charge of the models and we did a little bit better than the semester before. I’ve seen a lot of improvement. We’re a lot more organized.”
Production assistance and models for the show were supplied by Gamma Alpha Omega, Chi Phi, Kappa Sigma and Lambda Theta Phi. Clothes for the show were supplied by various people, including local businesses Maurices and Bubbles. Bubbles also contributed jewelry and hair accessories to be raffled off at the event.
Maurices’ line was sassy, fun and most popular with the models and audience alike. One of the models, Shae Gillett, a senior and art major, loved Maurices’ line.
“[It] was super fun,” Gillett said. “They had their own dressing room for us with our names on them.”
According to Lamb, LTA raised about $115 that night in ticket sales alone. Donations and raffle ticket revenue still had to be counted.
“We try to donate $500 a year,” Lamb said. “Next semester we have a Valentine’s Day dance which is also for St. Jude’s.”