Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) and Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) played cupid for a good cause on Saturday, hosting a date auction to raise money for Superstorm Sandy Relief.
The members of the professional business and pre-law fraternities hosted “Project Cupid,” and according to Lindsay Horne, DSP Harpur liason and co-organizer of the event, they raised over $400.
From serenades to back flips and splits, the auctionees fluffed their feathers to show off their talents to potential bidders.
Co-hosts Dominic Bianco, DSP president, and Lauren Nevidomsky, PAD rules chair, tried enticing the crowd to bid by offering to pose for a picture with their date.
“It will be your first memory together,” Bianco said. “Your first and best.”
Jaclyn Newman, an event organizer and a member of PAD, joined forces with Horne to organize the date auction.
“It felt good to plan this whole thing and to give all the money to a good cause,” Newman said. “It went really well and I think everyone had a good time.”
Newman said the auction was an entertaining way to raise money for a good cause.
“It was successful because it was interactive and everyone was able to be involved,” Newman said.
Jonathan Eng, a freshman, impressed the crowd by playing guitar and singing, eliciting an audience member to shout, “Just take my credit card!”
The BU Dance Team provided entertainment, opening with an energizing dance routine.
Auctionees were sold for “Greek dollars,” where five “Greek dollars” equaled one actual dollar. The highest bid was 310 “Greek dollars” on a three-for-one special, featuring Bianco, DSP financial vice president Sujay Cherin, and Justin Wu, DSP scholarship and awards vice president.
“I paid $60 for four men,” joked Zach Feldman, a sophomore double-majoring in classical civilizations and philosophy, politics and law. “And I didn’t know any of them.”
Horne said the three-for-one finale was the best part of the evening.
“The ending act with my three pledge brothers was the best,” Horne said. “It was the perfect ending to the night.”
Max Caesar, PAD philanthropy chair and a senior majoring in history and economics, said the date auction was a good night.
“It [was] the right combination of social gathering and public embarrassment to be entertaining,” Caesar said.