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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

SigEp Surf Frenzy is an annual event, but tonight it’ll be at a new location.

The Florida Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon decided to move its philanthropic event from the Florida Theatre to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this year to cater to audience members, said John-Paul Suastegui, the event director. He said the fraternity had to turn people away last year because the building reached capacity.

The Phillips Center can seat more people, said Carlos Gordian, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon. It will cost the fraternity about $5,000 more to host the event in the new location, the 21-year-old material science and engineering junior said.

This year’s Surf Frenzy is sold out, with 1,680 tickets sold, Suastegui said. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

“It’s a very competitive event that people care about,” Suastegui said. “They know at the end of the day it’s going to a good cause.”

The fraternity’s goal is to match the $24,974 it raised last year, said Suastegui. The money will benefit the Florida Diabetes Camp, a year-round camp that provides recreational activities and diabetes education to diabetic children.

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