In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Student Government Association awarded Alpha Epsilon Phi $8,095.24 for its ninth annual “Ribbons on the Runway” fashion show.
Sorority members Mykah Murphy, a junior marketing communication major, and Elle Peery, a sophomore marketing communication major, outlined what the allotted funds would be used for in a presentation to the SGA.
Last year, the group held the event in the Bill Bordy Theater, but had to cap attendees at 100 because of a lack of space, said Murphy. Since they said the event has become more popular, the sorority wanted to rent larger event rooms at the Ritz Carlton.
The funds awarded will go toward the room rental, catering, clothing, decorations, equipment rentals, invitations, and payments for the DJ, according to the club’s written appeal.
Jenna McPadden, class of 2013 President, spoke in favor of the appeal.
“The amount of things they are fitting in with this budget are incredible. They got amazing deals, and this is an astonishingly low budget,” the senior marketing communication and writing, literature, and publishing double major said.
The group raised $955 from sorority events and a winter talent show, which is over the 10 percent of an appeal the SGA requires groups to fundraise independently. The Office of Student Affairs donated $500 to the fashion show.
Murphy and Peery said they expect 200 guests will attend. All funds raised during the event will be donated to Sharsheret, a national nonprofit for Jewish women dealing with breast cancer. Last year, the sorority raised $3,500 for Sharsheret; in 2011, it raised $5,000.