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Sunday, February 25, 2024

UF's chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity raised about $20,000 for cancer organizations Thursday night at its second annual Miss Greek competition.

The event featured members of 16 UF sororities who danced, sang, twirled batons and played piano for a crowd of about 600 at the Phillips Center.

The money raised through the event will go toward the American Cancer Society and Bleed Purple Foundation, a cancer-support organization created by the University of San Diego's chapter of Delta Tau Delta.

Lindsey Rivers of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority received first place in the competition and a $500 scholarship provided by the fraternity.

Rivers performed her own rendition of Leann Rimes' "Big Deal."

In addition to the talent portion of the show, each contestant presented a speech on the meaning of philanthropy.

Jesse Kirsch, chairman of this year's competition, said he was impressed with each girl's performance.

"Everybody proudly put forth effort in a different way," Kirsch said.

While entertaining, he said the most important aspect of the show was raising money for the cancer organizations.

Kirsch added that a member of one of UF's fraternities is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.

"Cancer is something that affects us all," he said.

Dani Black, a telecommunication sophomore who attended the event, said she was especially impressed with Jamie Dollinger's talent performance.

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Dollinger, who represented UF's chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, danced to a compilation of songs, beginning with "The Twist" and ending with "Soulja Boy."

"These events are crucial because it's a good way to raise a lot of money in a fun way," Black said.

She added that a little competition helps draw more support.

"What better way than sorority girls in a pageant?" Black said.

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