Fashion for Defense
Audrey Dighans | reporter
Lights, camera, self-defense!
Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) and Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigs) held the fifth annual Ali Kemp fashion show and women’s self-defense seminar last Sunday, March 5. The event raised $1,400 for the Ali Kemp Education foundation (T.A.K.E.)
“That’s about a thousand dollars more than what we raised last year,” said Katie George, junior in graphic communications and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma. “It was a huge improvement.”
The event is Sig Ep’s national philanthropy, started by Roger Kemp (Sig Ep alumn of the University of Central Missouri), Ali’s father, in 2005.
Ali Kemp was beaten to death by a stranger in the pump room of a community pool where she was working in June of 2002. After a three-year long manhunt, her killer, Benjamin Appleby was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years.
In memory of her life, the T.A.K.E. foundation works to raise money for women’s self defense classes and hopes to save lives through these courses.
“This year we made a much greater effort to contact local businesses and gain their support,” said Henry Thomas, sophomore in chemistry and president of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Sig Ep and the Tri Sigs partnered with local businesses Jean Scene, Parrott Bey and Salon 9 for this year’s fashion show, featuring dresses, tuxes, and hair styled by Salon 9. A raffle for audience members with prizes to local businesses was held afterwards.
“We visited high schools in attempt to get more families and younger girls from the community to attend this year,” George said.
Prices were also slightly raised to help benefit the fundraiser, and requiring models and chapter members to purchase tickets was more strictly enforced than in previous years.
“Local generosity was overwhelming,” Thomas said. “With all the support and people who attended, we were able to make this year’s event a great success.”
The day ended with the T.A.K.E. foundation’s self-defense class, aimed at enabling women of all ages to be safe and feel protected. The T.A.K.E. foundation also provides yearly educational scholarships.
For more information, go to www.takedefense.org.