Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Quinnipiac Greeks Support Domestic Violance Awareness

Sorority hits the runway to fight domestic violence
Joe Shust
Quinnipiac University students turned out by the hundreds for a fashion show to support domestic violence awareness on Oct. 20.

The fashion show, sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega and organized by Tara O'Rourke, the sorority's fundraising chair, was held in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater New Haven Domestic Violence Shelter.

The show, which was held in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m., drew quite a bit of attention from the student body, which filled the venue for the event.

"It is such a great thing that so many people are coming out to support the fight against domestic violence," said Danielle Barbarich, Vice President of Fraternity Relations.

The show featured models from Alpha Chi Omega, the fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon and players from the Quinnipiac men's baseball and lacrosse teams.

Student reaction to the event was very positive. "It was a lot of fun, and the guys looked good," said freshman Colleen Ledbetter. Above all, all of the students and parents in attendance left the fashion show knowing that their money went to a good cause. At least $800 was raised for the charity, bringing the sorority's total donation to the shelter to over $18,000.

The rest of the money was raised during Frisbee Fest, another event held by the sorority earlier this month to benefit the same cause.