Kappa Phi Gamma pageant seeks to raise students’ cancer awareness

By Amanda Thomas

Kappa Phi Gamma will host the fourth annual Mr. C.A.R.E. Week Pageant from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Bennett Auditorium. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $5, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Scott and White Research foundation in Temple. Scott and White Healthcare is a non-profit collaborative health care system that was founded in 1897.

“The founders of Kappa Phi Gamma decided to make cancer awareness our philanthropy because most people know of someone who has been affected with cancer,” Katy sophomore Sarika Sanghvi and president of Kappa Phi Gamma, said.

Kappa Phi Gamma has hosted C.A.R.E. Week (Cancer: A Real Effort) for 11 years, and this is the fourth year they have hosted the Mr. C.A.R.E. Week Pageant.

“Kappa Phi Gamma is supporting a great cause and this is a great way to support them [Kappa Phi Gamma],” Tulsa, Okla. freshman Parth Bhakta, one of the pageant participants, said.

Any male student can participate in the pageant. This year, five students are competing for a new TV and the 2012 Mr. C.A.R.E. Week crown.

“I wanted to work with Kappa Phi Gamma,” Houston freshman Jonathan Jaoude said. “It’s been really fun and easy getting to know the other guys that are competing.”

The pageant will include three parts — costume, talent and questionnaire.

For the costume portion of the competition, the contestants have to dress up like certain rock legends. The participant that looks most like their rock legend will receive the highest score.

Sanghvi said the talent portion is the most anticipated.

“All of the contestants have some really great talents this year,” she said.

Though Jaoude said he is the most nervous about the questionnaire portion, he thinks he will do well in the talent portion with one he recently learned — magic.

“I learned a few tricks over spring break,” Jaoude said. “I won’t do magic again, but it has been fun.”

Over the years, Kappa Phi Gamma nationally has raised more than $64,000 for cancer awareness. Bhakta said he expects the pageant to be a successful fundraiser as well.

“I think we will raise a lot of money, which goes to their philanthropy,” Bhakta said. “People should come to support the cause and get a few laughs.”