For our spring semester, we hosted a fun filled event promoting our philanthropy known as King of Hearts!
King of Hearts is a male pageant that raises money for the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of women's heart health and research. On February 24th, we hosted King of Hearts in the Gleason Auditorium at Florida Tech. Our two lovely hosts of the night were Hilarie MacLeod and Ashley Letendre. During the event, participants performed in categories like Q&A, Beach Wear Competition, Talent Portion, and a Cardiac Catwalk. We were incredibly fortunate to have 12 wonderful contestants participate! These contestants were: Ali Abbas, Daniel Ata, Matthew Bomberger, Diego D'Ignazi, Edward Hillen, Syed Ismail, Roberto Martinez, Will Maynard, Evan Nassaney, Warren Prittore, Taylor Sey, and Arnold Yanga.
Each of these contestants put their hearts all in for this pageant. One of the crowd favorites during the pageant was the cardiac catwalk, where the contestants would strut on stage to a song of their choice while wearing an outfit related to women’s heart health. The creativity and enthusiasm from all of the contestants was fantastic, from reading poem’s to dancing to a SpongeBob song, there was not a dull moment during King of Hearts.
After the last event of the night was over, over lovely judges from Phi Sigma Sigma and Res Life collected their votes to choose the top 3 contestants from King of Hearts. While the crowd patiently awaited the announcement of the winners, a video was shown describing what our philanthropy truly means to Alpha Phi. After the video, we showed off all our contestants alongside their coaches from Alpha Phi! Our 3rd Place winner was Mr. Asian Persuasion, Arnold Yanga, our 2nd place winner was Mr. Sey My Name, Taylor Sey. Our 1st place 2017 King of Hearts Winner was Mr. President, Warren Prittore. These fantastic men did a wonderful job at performing and we couldn’t be prouder of them! This event was fabulously run by the VP of Marketing and Advertising, Erin Filoramo, and the Director of Philanthropy, Nicole McCusker. Overall, we raised over 2,800 dollars toward our philanthropy and had such a fun time doing so.