PhilaU Sorority Raises $2,300 for Charity At Deepher Dude Pageant

Delta Phi Epsilon sorority members raised more than $2,300 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 10th annual Deepher Dude male pageant Feb. 10 at Philadelphia University.

Animation senior John Simons was crowned 2017 Deepher Dude.

Animation senior John Simons was crowned 2017 Deepher Dude.

On Friday night, nine male students from PhilaU took the stage in Downs Auditorium to compete in the pageant, taking part in such events as swimwear, talent, interview and formalwear competitions. Escorted by Delta Phi Epsilon sisters, the contestants put on an entertaining show and helped raise awareness of and money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Senior John Simons took this year’s title of Deepher Dude, playing the ukulele and singing for his talent. Simons is an animation major and a member of PhilaU’s frisbee team.

With nearly 200 tickets sold, the show was filled with an enthusiastic audience of students, faculty and other guests. Through ticket sales, donations and fundraising leading up to the event, more than $2,300 was raised for the foundation, one of Delta Phi Epsilon’s three supported philanthropies.

The term “deepher” is a nickname for Delta Phi, and all sorority chapters nationwide host a Deepher Dude competition for charity.

By Samantha Martin ’19, Communication

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