By Kylie Jordan, Social Media Manager
UM’s Alpha Delta Pi sorority hosted the RMHC Runway to raise money supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities on Oct. 17. This event was held on the Farmer Hall stage with other sororities and fraternities in attendance.
Five contestants competed against each other through a runway walk in various costumes. The contestants were judged by a panel of three UM faculty members. Bo Ferguson of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, dressed as Princess Diana, and Mary Lynn Jefferys of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, dressed as a cowboy, were the winners of the contest.
The funds from this event directly impact the greater Birmingham area, said Bridget McCurrach, ADPi’s Philanthropy Chair. ADPi donates directly to the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. This is the house ADPi volunteers at and where ADPi alumni work, so McCurrach said the sorority has been able to form a connection there.
McCurrach explained the Ronald McDonald House provides “room and board, food and basic necessities to families who have children in the hospital.” McCurrach said this minimizes travel to and from the hospital, as the Birmingham Ronald McDonald house is across the street from Children’s of Alabama hospital.
The runway was planned as ADPi’s philanthropy this semester because McCurrach wanted to do something creative.
“We try to keep up with the Run for Ronald tradition and looked for a play on words and came up with that,” McCurrach said. “People love dressing up and our campus has so many outfits and personalities.”
One winner, Bo Ferguson, said he participated in the philanthropy event because he wanted to support the sisters of ADPi.
“Participating in philanthropies means supporting charities, which to me is the main reason of Greek Life. Growing not only yourself but your community,” Ferguson said.