The Delta Chi Fraternity will put on its annual philanthropic event Miss Greek IU at 7 p.m. March 31 at the IU Auditorium.
The pageant will showcase 12 contestants, each from a different sorority. The event raises money for Delta Chi’s chapter philanthropy, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, as well as each contestant’s chapter philanthropy.
“One thing that we’re really proud of is not only do we raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation, this year we’ll be raising money for 12 other foundations,” said Luke Hann, Delta Chi’s philanthropy chairman.
This year marks the tenth annual Miss Greek IU. Hann said the former Delta Chi Philanthropy chairman wanted to start an event in 2010 following a membership review which resulted in the loss of the fraternity’s house and the disaffiliation of the majority of brothers from the chapter.
“We were trying to get our name back out there in a positive light after all of the negative publicity that happened,” Hann said.
The event will feature a philanthropy round where contestants show off the organization they are in support of in a creative way, evening gown competition and an onstage question. The five judges will score contestants in a number of categories, with donations accounting for 20 percent of the contestants' total scores.
The winner will be announced during the award ceremony and given a $750 scholarship. Other awards will also be given out to the top five finishers, the friendliest contestant as Miss Congeniality and the contestant with the highest total of donations.
“I think it really shows that there is more to greek life than just going out and looking good and all of the stereotypical things,” Sigma Kappa contestant and freshman Lauren Magri said. “I think it shows that we do really have a heart for service.”
Magri has participated in pageants previously at home, so she was encouraged to take part in Miss Greek IU.
“I also thought it would be a really great way to meet other girls in the greek community,” Magri said. “I had only kind of met some girls in my own sorority, but I thought it would be really cool to meet some other girls from the other ones as well.”
Since 2013, nearly $232,000 has been donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, according to the Miss Greek IU website. Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at the IU Auditorium box office Tickets are are $10 if purchased beforehand and $15 on the day of the show.
“People should come out because it’s a great representation of what greek life can do and what greek life can bring to this campus beyond the perception of just partying and making mistakes,” Hann said.