PhiDE Anatomy Fashion Show celebrates the human body, collects donations for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

An Anatomy Idol participant gets her body painted with the circulatory system in preparation for the show.
An Anatomy Idol participant gets her body painted with the circulatory system in preparation for the show. Photo credit: Erin Spinner

Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDe) raised $ 2,800 for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and crowned a new Mr. and Ms. Anatomy Fashion Show (AFS) at their annual philanthropic show Monday night.

On April 11, PhiDe hosted “Anatomy Idol” to celebrate the beauty of body systems and the power of philanthropy. The event featured painted models showing all systems, from the skeleton to the lymphatic, as they competed to win over the judges and the audience.

“$ 2,800, to get them out for a student show, catering specifically to college students isn’t a bad number, so we’re really happy,” said Reese Lenohard, a senior who studies British chemistry and literary history.

The funds will go through the Children’s Miracle Network to support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in South Florida.

“Through the Children’s Miracle Network, all funds are unlimited, which means they go to the areas of greatest need. So whether it’s introducing new equipment or new doctors or new treatments, our funds are unlimited to help different areas of the hospital, ”said Kiara Weiser, who works with Children’s Miracle Network and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

A fashion show she attended shows her body painting before taking the stage.
A fashion show she attended shows her body painting before taking the stage. Photo credit: Erin Spinner

Erin Spinner, one of the financial board members who planned the evening, didn’t expect the final tally to be this high and is thrilled to add this donation to PhiDe’s biggest promise to Children’s Miracle Network.

“In the beginning, when we were seeing how fast the number was going up, we were so shocked. We were so happy to see how many people they were supporting, especially non-members. You know, most of the time it’s just our members supporting us and It was great to see a lot of new people come out and support us, ”Spinner said.

The winners of the evening were decided in two parts, part by the audience with live voting and part by the jury of esteemed STEM professors. Psychology freshman Sophie Ross took home the popular vote bringing in $ 1,000 and after a lengthy discussion the judges awarded neuroscience freshman Gwen Sutton and sophomore psychology and French Major John Yayi-Bondje Mr. and Ms. AFS.

“It was really cool to see the live voting and see how the models would walk through the numbers going up live,” Spinner said. “Every single model has received so many donations.”

Sutton, representing the muscular system, scared the audience when he appeared to fall before he found himself in a push-up in a real muscle demonstration.

“I was a little surprised to win, I think the push up definitely helped,” Sutton said.

The night wouldn’t have been complete without an endless supply of medical puns and inside jokes brought in by host, Lenohard, who waited for his chance to direct the show.

“I have always asked to host and this year, since we had a meeting in person, they finally let me,” said Lenohard. “I was really happy with how everything went”.

On April 11, PhiDE's Anatomy Idol showed the beauty of the human body by raising funds and awareness for Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
On April 11, PhiDE’s Anatomy Idol showed the beauty of the human body by raising funds and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Photo credit: Jenny Jacoby

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