When the Bellefonte Relay for Life held its kickoff on Friday at Governors Park, 13 men from the area strode across the stage in their best imitations of beauty pageant contestants.
They had agreed to take part, as several admitted, because they believed in the purpose of Relay for Life.
As teams each year dream up new themes, decorate tents, and attempt to walk and stay awake for 24 hours, the focus is the eradication of cancer. This pageant gave these brave men, dressed in their finest gowns and hairpieces, the privilege of being teased, photographed and laughed at to help cure cancer.
Judges Brenda Confer and Tracina Fisher had to make some difficult choices as they rated the costume, stage presentation and strut of each miss.
As other events took place in the park, the misses worked the crowd with their purses open to receive donations for Bellefontes relay.
As the third part of the competition, emcee Laura Murphy asked each contestant a question. Among the amusing answers and the laughter, one message emerged: Cancer does not sleep and that thought has encouraged the ones who plan, the ones who walk, and the ones who outfit themselves and pretend to be beauty pageant contestants.
Crowned Miss Relay Pageant of 2012 was Swagaliscious (James Pone).
First runner-up was Pinky Devine (Jon Rockey). The second runner-up and top fundraiser was Chocolate Love (Brian Winger).
Event raises more than $100k
Relay Chairwoman Gail Miller shared the following results from the Relay for Life, held Friday and Saturday:
Total amount raised:$103,067 Top 10 fundraising teams:Port Supports, $13,245; Coca Cola, $10,543; Taras Angels, $9,021; Hartman Humanitarians, $6,087, Team Fetzer, Pay It Forward, $6,087; State College School Lunch Bunch, $5,471; Gails Girls, $5,406; Cancer Survivor Association, $4,178; Pleasant Gap Lioness Club, $2,868; St. Mark Ever Ready Walkers, $2,698
Award winners: Site Decorating Award and Costume Parade Award, Taras Angels; Spirit Award, Coca Cola and Hartman Humanitarians; Footprint Award honoring caregivers, Christina Fetzer family
Snipping locks for good cause
Lipstick Salon gave haircuts to Tristin Wolford and Aly Nichols (Watermarke Warriors Team) and several others.
The organization Locks of Love will make the hair into wigs for those who lose their hair from chemotherapy.
Pam Royer was event co-chairwoman and team recruitment leader.
Congratulations to the entire committee for another successful relay.
From Taras Angels, who participated for the 11th year, to a first-time relay team from Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church, belief in the purpose is what draws people to American Cancer Societys Relay for Life.
Connie Cousins writes a weekly column on happenings in the Bellefonte area. Send her news at email@example.com.