Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority hosted its first ever Mr. Burgundy and Grey show last Friday night in Lamberton Hall to raise money for its national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Allen Chan, ’18, won the title of Mr. Burgundy and Grey.
“The event was a huge success,” said Priya Chokshi, ’16, the president of Lambda Theta Alpha. “It went really well, and there was a big turnout. We wanted to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bring the community together and allow the contestants to showcase their talents and I think this event accomplished all of those goals.”
The event doors opened at 8 p.m., and the guests were encouraged to socialize and partake in enjoying the food and beverages. Lamberton was decorated with facts about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When the show started, members of Lambda Theta Alpha came out on stage to explain the rules of the event. The contestants had to make it through each of the five rounds to win the crown and title of Mr. Burgundy and Grey. There were two elimination rounds, members of the sorority said. After round two, three contestants would be eliminated and then after round four, two more contestants would be eliminated. The event included a question and answer round, a talent showcase round, a round to impress members of Lambda Theta Alpha, a formal-wear round and another question and answer round.
To keep the crowd entertained and engaged in between rounds two and three, there was a special dance performance by LU’s Finest, and in the middle of rounds four and five there was a performance by Lambda Theta Alpha’s members.
Joanna Vazquez, ’18, attended the event. She said she enjoyed the dancing and thought the performers did a great job.
“It was great to see the contestants go out of their comfort zones,” said Minni Kim, ’15, another audience member. “Through this event, we were able to touch upon legitimate issues and support the Lehigh community.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not charge its patients medical costs, so each treatment is free. In addition to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital being the national philanthropy for Lambda Theta Alpha, one sorority member was particularly tied to this non-profit organization.
“I visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this past summer,” said Alejandra Silguero, ’17, the alumni relations chair of Lambda Theta Alpha. “The experience impacted me and I brought back that energy here to do this event. We want to do this event every year and each time bigger and better than the last.”
At the end of the night the judges crowned Allen Chan, ’18, Mr. Burgundy and Grey, but the contestants that did not win also received consolation prizes for competing.