Cupid Shuffle AIDS Benefit Program

By Alex Lopez

Girls clad in red and pink and guys in suits and button ups scrambled to get the last decorations set up.

“Don’t forget to get your nametags,” a girl yells.

 The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha stopped to take pictures. Friends embraced. Girls checked themselves in the bathroom mirror.  Food is laid out on the table.

After a final walk through of the room and details,  the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Gamma ETA Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Tau Chapter of AKA all chatted before the guests arrived for the Cupid Shuffle Charity Benefit sponsored by IU’s Women of Color Leadership Institute on.

As guests mingled, Joy Roberts, Founder and Advisor of WOCLI hit the stage to thank everyone for participating. The proceeds of the evening were going to Piney Woods Charter School, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Keep a Child Alive Foundation, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Benefit and the March of Dimes Foundation.

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“Our goal was to raise money for charity and collect canned goods,” she said. “We wanted to plan a fun event for people to meet each other.”

The event included a speed dating component. The four rows of seats occupied by young men and women mingled for the given time to try and see who matched the heart they were given at the beginning of the night.

“It was a great atmosphere for people to get to know each other,” junior Brandon McGhee said.

After speed dating, couples won prizes, ate, talked and danced.

“It was a great event and I’m so glad my organization was a part of it,” senior Nikia Wilson said.



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