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YHC learns to “Think Pink”

October 26, 2010

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

The judges awarded Lauren Camp with the "Most Creative Pink Outfit" award. Photo by Jacob Stone

On Mon. Oct. 25, CAB and Sigma Beta Sigma sponsored a “Think Pink” fashion show and a “Check Your Sigmas” tutorial to promote awareness in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The event was held in Myers Student Center and lasted from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. While waiting for the show to start, the audience was given snacks and drinks. A computer was hooked up to a speaker system and music was played throughout the show.

Courtney Caron, a communication major from Hiawassee, organized the event.

“Upon trying to come up with a breast cancer themed event, a CAB member suggested we do a pink beauty pageant. We decided to turn it into a pink fashion show,” said Caron.  “Our intentions were to sell our “protect 2nd base” shirts tonight, but we sold out prior to the show. So, we are taking orders tonight for students who want them.”

∑β∑ member Hannah Bridges, a psychology major from Jefferson said, “∑β∑ got involved because we wanted to promote breast cancer awareness. We wanted to set an example for the girls.”

All of the proceeds from the shirts, bags and ribbons sold throughout the week prior to the show and sold at the show were donated to the breast cancer fund.

Eight contestants walked down a runway covered in rose petals. Six of the contestants were female students, and the remaining two were male students. Each of the contestants walked up and down the runway twice.

After the runway portion was finished, two members of ∑β∑ explained how to do a self-examination for signs of breast cancer.  The symptoms, statistics of breast cancer and the importance of checking yourself at a young age were described by sorority members. A few very interesting statistics were given, such as one in eight women will contract breast cancer in their lifetime.

In addition, necklaces were given out before and after the show to students attending the event. The beads on the necklaces showed the different sizes and shapes of the lumps that women can get in their breasts.

There were also chocolate suckers given out in the shape of the breast cancer ribbon and a chart to hang in your shower telling you how to check yourself for breast cancer.

The sorority explained the goal of The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, as well as the 60 mile walk that women can take in order to support breast cancer. Afterwards, moment of silence was observed in memory of those who have died of breast cancer.

At the end of the event, a pink prince and princess were crowned. In addition to the prince and princess, awards were given for the most creative outfit, the pinkest outfit, the prettiest male in pink and the prettiest female in pink.

The pink prince was Robert McKinnon, who said “it feels awesome to be the prince.”

The pink princess was Mariah Brown. Brown said, “I’m a very pretty princess, and I love it!”

At the end of the award ceremony, the prince and princess danced together on the runway in front of the entire audience.

The audience seemed very pleased about the show.

Melissa LeViner, an outdoor leadership major from Woodstock said, “I thought the show was great. It had a lot of great energy.”

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