Last month, the women of Monmouth College’s Alpha Xi Delta fraternity presented their primary philanthropy event, the annual “Xi Man” male beauty pageant. All of the proceeds from the event go toward their national philanthropy, Autism Speaks.
The event featured six contestants competing for the chance to win the title of “Xi Man 2013” and a bedazzled crown. The men competed in categories ranging from modeling sportswear and formal wear to talent, and they even took a quiz about Alpha Xi Delta’s history. However, the final results were weighted heavily toward the funds raised by each of the competitors.
On the night of the pageant, the totals for each contestant were counted and added to their score. This year, the previous record of $924 raised by a single contestant was broken by the top two contestants. Xi Man 2013, senior Vinnie Peluso of Carpentersville, and first runner-up Dillon Docherty, a senior from Monticello, each raised more than $1,000. In all, the six competitors raised nearly $3,500, breaking the previous record by more than $1,400.
Monmouth College’s Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta was founded in 1903. The sisters of the chapter share a vision with AXD chapters across the U.S. – to dedicate themselves to the personal development of their members, with the goal of enriching women’s lives through an emphasis on lasting sisterhood and a lifetime involvement with the fraternity.
More information about Alpha Xi Delta at Monmouth College is available at http://monmouthcol.alphaxidelta.org/