Karri Kugler, a sophomore member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, is this year’s Think Pink Week Chairman. She was heavily involved with Mr. ZTA, an annual men’s beauty pageant held Wednesday night.
Kugler got involved for “many reasons,” but the most important was to honor her mother, who currently has breast cancer.
“Mr. ZTA has made a difference [by] raising money for breast cancer,” Kugler said.
The money raised goes to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, which supports Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.
Zeta started planning the event in September to make it “the best event possible,” Schraer said. This meant getting as much of the Greek community involved as possible.
This year, hundreds of people attended the event in the BLUU Ballroom to watch the swimsuit, question and answer and talent portions of the competition.
The Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity walked away with the title of Mr. ZTA for the third year in a row. FIJI “got a donation to their chapter’s philanthropy,” said Schraer.
One out of eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the breast cancer website.
Kugler’s mom falls into that statistic, but she is doing better right now. She is responding to treatment and just has to take a small pill everyday, said Kugler.
“I realize how terrible this disease is but also how amazing and strong my mom is,” Kugler said.