Expect to see UCF sorority girls walking around campus wearing nothing but watermelons this Sunday.
They’re doing it as part of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity’s 16th annual Watermelon Bust event, which will help The North American Food Drive feed the hungry.
It kicked off Tuesday at Knight Library, where one dollar from everybody’s cover was donated to the cause. And on Wednesday, students helped feed the hungry by feeding themselves at Huey Magoo’s — 20 percent of the day’s profits were donated to the charity.
But on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., a fraternity news release promises “the main event” will be “a showdown for all sororities to battle it out in a series of competitions that will test both their wit and artistic prowess by creating unparalleled costume designs out of only watermelons.”
And, fraternity officials say, the highly anticipated games won’t be a letdown to spectators. UCF senior Robert Witlin expressed his glee and excitement about the event’s costume design portion.
“It’s a great aspect of the event because it brings out the creativity in these sorority girls and the gentlemen of Lambda Chi, but for some reason there always ends up being a naked guy with a watermelon helmet on,” Witlin said.
Even though the costumes are hilarious, organizers point out the reason for this event is serious: more than 35.5 million people — including 12.6 million children — are living in households suffering from hunger or at risk.
“It’s for the kids,” said participant and UCF junior Christina Coward. “Everyone deserves a meal, and I would be happy to provide it for them.”
And Lambda Chi says their national fraternity’s event, which is arguably the largest single-day philanthropic project sponsored by a collegiate organization, will help make a dent in high number of hungry Americans.
“We plan on raising 100,000 pounds of food this year,” said senior Jorge Yero, coordinator of Watermelon Bust.
According to Lambda Chi’s news release: “This Philanthropy is sure to turn out plenty of laughs for a good cause. So come see these ladies strut their melons this Sunday at 11:30 AM at Lake Claire.”