University of Washington student Julianne Awrey of Kenai, 20, came in second place in the 2003 Miss Greek Pageant in an event that recognized talent, glamour and fund-raising skills. Participants of the 17th annual Miss Greek Pageant, held at UW's Meany Hall on May 19, raised $50,000 to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Awrey also was one of the top four in fund-raising.
Organized by the UW chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the pageant is one of the largest privately organized philanthropic events associated with UW and a nonprofit organization in the state of Washington. Since the Miss Greek Pageant began in 1987, the event has raised more than $850,000 for cancer research.
Contestants from 14 campus sororities were judged on talent, poise, community involvement and, above all, their fund-raising efforts. A panel of five judges rated the contestants.
Awrey, of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, will graduate in 2005 and is majoring in zoology. Her long-term plans include continuing her education and becoming a veterinarian. For the talent portion of the pageant, Awrey played the piano and sang a solo.
"One of the reasons I chose to participate in the Miss Greek Pageant was that my family has been hit very hard by cancer. Both of my grandmothers and my mother are breast cancer survivors, my father had skin cancer as a young boy, and my aunt has had recurring lung caner," she said. "While my contribution to cancer research may seem small, it is the many small contributions like mine that combine to fund critical research."
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of two Nobel Prize laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical technology to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.
Fred Hutchinson, in collaboration with its clinical partners, the University of Washington Academic Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest and is one of 39 nationwide. For more information, visit the center's Web site at www.fhcrc.org.
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