Fraternity hopes to bring in money for charity with cross-dressing pageant

Joanna Williams

Anyone looking for comedy, cross- dressing and charity can find it at Phi Sigma Pi’s April Fools’ Beauty Pageant tonight.

The co-ed honor fraternity is raising money for their national charity, Teach for America, with a Wild Wild West themed pageant, said Bowling Green senior Daniel Moore, president of the fraternity.

“What it is is a comedic drag show where the guys dress as girl and the girls dress as guys,” he said.

The fraternity raised about $260 last year at the first pageant, but they hope to raise more this year now that girls are able to participate, he said.

Bowling Green senior Anna Bewley, the group’s historian, said a winner will be chosen based on an evening look, a calendar look and onstage questioning.

Bewley said what will make the show exciting is that the audience won’t know what to expect.

“It’s all ad-lib, so you never know what people are going to say,” she said.

Bewley said there will be three women and three men participating in the pageant.

Usman Hussain, a senior from Greensboro, N.C., who serves as parliamentarian for the group, said they felt that April Fools’ was the perfect time to have a fun, comedic event.

“Last year was great,” he said. “Fifty to sixty people showed up. We want it to be bigger and better and get our name out there.”

Moore said they’re a small fraternity with only 30 members, although they have a big induction class coming in this year, with 10 newcomers.

Hussain said the group has several other philanthropy events throughout the year, including a backpack drive and a canned food drive, but the pageant is their major event.

“This is our biggest one every year,” he said. “It’s a great time. People get to laugh and have a good time and put their money in for a good cause.”

The pageant will be in Garrett Ballroom at 8 p.m. The tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door.