Sigma Chi Raises Over $3,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network with SigSuit

Alyssa MacKinnon

Kaylene Bramen took home the first place prize in Sigma Chi’s eighth annual SigSuit. The event took place in the University of New Haven’s Bucknall Theater on Friday Nov. 13, and was hosted by Matt Caroll, a brother of the fraternity, and Caisey Calabro, the current Sigma Chi Sweetheart.

Kaylene Bramen (Photo by Samantha Reposa/Charger Bulletin photo)
Kaylene Bramen
(Photo by Samantha Reposa/Charger Bulletin photo)

The money raised with SigSuit benefits the Children’s Miracle Network. Children’s Miracle Network has raised over 5 million dollars for cancer research thus far. Joe Delayo, Sigma Chi’s special event chair, planned the entire event.

The Cheerleaders of Sigma Chi, a small team of Sigma Chi brothers who are known to be some of the funniest men on campus, served to pump up the audience throughout the event, which added fun to the mix.

Judges for the event included Melinda “Mindi” Hill from the Office of Student Activities, and notable Sigma Chi alumni, including Ryan Brousseau, who graduated from UNH 2012.

The sports-themed pageant started with a demonstration of victory dances by the contestants. Jerseys and helmets, along with lots of baseball bats and balls flying across the stage, kept the audience more than entertained. Lots of laughter and screams of delight echoed out when the contestants walked off the stage after their victory performances. Next was the swimsuit portion, which was followed by the formal rounds. During these rounds, Calabro asked the contestants various questions about the fraternity and the charity for which they were raising funds.

The artistic group ‘Boys to Yen,’ which is made up of a group of Sigma Chi brothers, also made a guest appearance during the intermission, along with the 5,6,7,8 Dance Team.

Alumnus Daniel Morgan from the Zeta class of Sigma Chi presented the award for the most amount fundraised of $460 to junior Kassandra Dunn.

First place went to Kaylene Bramen, who was crowned by Sarah Bourisk, last year’s SigSuit winner. Second place went to Mikayla Fanto ’18, and third was awarded to Sarai Santofimio’18.

“All of the girls were really sweet, and nobody felt any type of hostility before SigSuit, during the competition, or afterwards,” said Fanto. “I believe that that’s what made this competition very much enjoyable. It was very fun and I would definitely want to compete again next year.”

SigSuit raised a total of $3,055 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“I particpited in SigSuit because I knew it would be a blast,” said contestant Savannah Dominguez ‘17. “My favorite part was hanging out backstage with everyone, taking pictures, getting ready, and planning how we hope things will go onstage!”