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‘Beauties’ sought for benefit pageant

The search is on for the most ‘charming’ contestant in anupcoming womanless beauty pageant.

Some area residents are now searching for the perfect outfit towear and the best hairdo to win over the judges in the event thatwill benefit the American Cancer Society.

At least 20 well-known men have already signed up, and more areexpected to participate in the pageant, which is at 6:30 p.m. inthe Brookhaven Elementary School auditorium on March 20.

“We’ve had a lot of good response. Everybody’s so excited aboutit,” said Donna McGehee, chairman of the American Cancer Society’sRelay for Life.

The contestants include Cliff Givens, Nolan Williamson, PhillipGrady, Dr. Ray Montalvo, Dr. Michael Peavey, Dr. Lee Neal, Dr. WadeDitcharo, Mark Mathis, Nick Coleman, Don Weeks, Todd Peavey, ThomasSpiller, Dean Snider, Sherrill Wallace, Scott Vinson, Paul Henning,Mickey Garon, James Beeler, Jeremy Castilow and Scotty Prather.

The success and entertainment from last year’s first annualwomanless beauty pageant motivated more people to get involved inan event supporting a worthy cause.

“People just kept asking if we were going to do it again andsaying they knew someone who would be in it, so we decided to haveanother one,” said McGehee.

The funds raised from the event will go toward the $75,000 goalset for the annual Relay for Life, which will be held from 6:30p.m. May 4 to 6:30 a.m. May 5 at the Brookhaven Exchange ClubPark.

McGehee reported a high number of ticket sales already for thewomanless beauty pageant.

“We expect to have a packed house, so people need to get theirtickets early,” she said. “This is something everyone can enjoy. Weguarantee they will have a good time.”

Tickets may be purchased at $5 for adults and $3 for studentsfrom area banks or by calling McGehee at 833-7941 or co-chairmanGladys Dunaway at 833-3311. Children five years and younger willget in free.

Funds will not only be collected from ticket sales, but alsofrom a special donation ceremony during the event.

“We’ve asked the contestants to bring their own purses, andthey’ll take up donations for the American Cancer Society duringintermission,” said McGehee.

The winner will be crowned by Marty Stephens, who was lastyear’s most beautiful contestant.