The popular game show Family Feud has made its way to Southeastern. However, Steve Harvey was nowhere to be seen. Instead, NAACP took the stage and a profit that exceeded their expectations for their first ever annual Organizational Family Feud fundraiser event.
Nine different Southeastern organization “families” competed in the game show, and Alpha Phi Alpha member Joshua Allen hosted the event. Allen is a former board member for Southeastern’s chapter of NAACP and still stays connected to the organization.
“Whatever they need me to do, I do. I graduate next fall, but up until then, I’m working with the NAACP,” he said.
Junior Clyde Walker, a member of PEEPS at Southeastern volunteered to participate in the game show along with four others in the organization. He had a positive opinion about both the event and the host.
“I think he did a good job. We could understand him, and he spoke really clearly. He joked around so he kept us entertained.”
Allen was able to do the job he was called upon to do, and kept the audience laughing throughout the three hour event with help from the contestants and audience members. While he was able to quiet the audience frequently in order to hear contestants, laughter was uncontainable as contestants came up with some peculiar answers.
One of the topics triggered an uproarious response of laughter. The topic, “Name a place on the human body that you might find unwanted hair,” was answered by a female contestant who discreetly pointed and said to Allen, “You know, down there . . .” The audience laughed further as the answer was in fact on the board.
Another topic that caused laughter was “Name a road sign that best describes your love life,” to which one male contestant answered, “Children at play.” Other topics included some Southeastern themes, such as “Name the hardest course to take at Southeastern.”
Contestants started out the rounds with singular members from each team competing to hit a bell the fastest. The faster contestant then, if he or she answered a question correctly, chose which team went first in the round. Teams beat each other by winning two out of three rounds. BSU2 dominated for the first half of the game before intermission with three wins against other organizations, however Delta Sigma Theta won the game after a back to back win against BSU2 and Alpha Phi Alpha.
Maria Richardson, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, said, “I really enjoyed it. I forfeited some study time, but I’m glad I won this for my chapter. We get to hold on to [the trophy] for one year.”
The participating groups were required to pay an entrance fee of $10 per organization, and all other attendees were sold tickets for $3 in advance and $5 at the door. NAACP fundraising director Chelsea Sanders was praised by the president of NAACP, Shawndreka Gatlin, at the end of the game show for making the event possible.