Kenai grad raises money for cancer

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2003

Julianne Awrey, a 2001 Kenai Central High School graduate and salutatorian, is stepping up to fight cancer. She is Alpha Xi Delta Sorority's representative for the 2003 Miss Greek Pageant at the University of Washington. The pageant seeks to raise money for the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

In the last decade, the pageant has raised nearly $1 million for the cancer center. Each of the pageant's 16 contestants is asked to collect up to $7,000 in donations. Awrey and her sorority sisters have sponsored an auction and held car washes to raise money for this cause. So far, they have raised $5,500.

"I understand that each family is touched by cancer in some way, as so many family members of my own have been," Awrey said. "I look to the community for support in the constant struggle to combat cancer. Hopefully, my small contribution to Fred Hutchison will make a difference in someone's life."

The Miss Greek competition requires each contestant to perform a talent, to participate in a fashion walk and to give a speech concerning philanthropy. The emphasis of the competition is placed upon each contestant's total money raised for Fred Hutchison.

The winner of Miss Greek moves on to compete in the Miss Seafair Pageant, which is held in July. The citywide competition is the next step in reaching the Miss Washington Pageant.

"I was so honored when my sorority asked me to be their representative," Awrey said. "If I were to move on to Miss Seafair, I would only hope that I could represent the city of Seattle in a positive way."

If you are interested in supporting Julianne Awrey and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, e-mail Julianne at or send donations to 1616 NE 50th St., Seattle, WA 98105. Checks should be made payable to the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center.

The pageant will be held May 19 at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Danielle Rynd is a journalism and political science major at the University of Washington, where she is a senior.

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