Fashion show put on by UK students helps fund children’s hospitals


The annual Anatomy Fashion Show adds a unique and educational twist to fashion. Photo by Taylor Beavers

Taylor Beavers

High fashion met science on Sunday evening as Phi Delta Epsilon, also known as KY Gamma, held its third annual Anatomy Fashion Show at the Signature Club at Lansdowne.

This fraternity is a part of one of the oldest and largest medical fraternities in the world. They began holding this event every year as a fun and unique way to raise money for charity. This year, the philanthropic occasion set out to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The show opened with an address from the fraternity’s president, Tom Calderaro. He welcomed the audience and spoke to them about the show’s history and purpose. After his speech, the first round of models began going down the runway.

Models walked down the red carpet not in the latest fashion trends but in leotards painted to look like human anatomy. The audience started giving positive feedback right away as they clapped and cheered for this first wave of models in body suits displaying various anatomy, injuries and illnesses.

“There was lots of behind the scenes work,” Calderaro said. “Planning and asking for volunteer models from different organizations. Also getting volunteer artists from a pool of UK students. We were coordinating every weekend with models and artists for paint times.”

After the first half of the show concluded, representative Lori Donaldson from CMNH went to the microphone and told the audience what kind of work the organization does.

“I’d do this for free,” Donaldson said, talking about how much she loves her job.

She wrapped up her speech by introducing the next speaker, Matt Spicer. Spicer is a former “miracle child” for the organization. He and his family were selected to be representatives of the hospital and all the children who are treated there.

At 13 years old, Spicer suffered cardiac arrest during a swim meet. After none of the surrounding hospitals had room to treat him, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital made arrangements to accept him.

When he was in recovery, he was nominated to be their miracle child of the year. Spicer and his family then began travelling around the country educating people on the organization and meeting other families who were affected by childhood illness. He was humbled by the other children who were also battling illnesses and went on to be an advocate for the cause into his adulthood.

“The speaker was really good,” student Carrie Long said.

After this speech, the show moved through intermission and into the second half of the show. After the models had finished walking the runway, they all came out and took a bow together while the total amount of money the event raised was being added up. During the president’s closing remarks, he announced that the event had raised over $2,000 for the hospital network.

“One of the most rewarding part is being able to see the money we raise make a difference,” Calderaro said.