The women of the Statesboro Moose Lodge 2443 hosted their inaugural womanless beauty pageant as a fundraiser for Ogeechee Area Hospice earlier this year.
Nine brave men were introduced and interrogated by master of ceremonies Fred Warnell as they embraced their personalities, strutted across the stage and down the aisles, and blew kisses to the judges. They showed off their best dance moves in high heels and wowed the crowd with their charming ways, all to help raise money for a great cause.
Donna Mallard, committee chairman, didn’t have too much trouble campaigning for the contestants when she would tell them what the fundraiser was for. Most commented, “If it means going out there and making an idiot out of myself so people can laugh and donate some money, then that’s OK.”
The lodge would like to thank each of the contestants: Fred Black as Sugar Britches, Brandon Blair as Babs, Robert Boyd as Jeri Luscious, John Brown as Dolly Pottin, David Hicks as Davetta "Sweet" Tater, David Mattos as Buttercup, Randolph Sowell as Miss Cotton Top, Bill Taylor as Angelic and Kevin Weatherly as Lauren Order.
The 2018 Moose Queen award went to Babs. First place went to Dolly Pottin, while "Sweet" Tater took second.
Serving as judges were Cindy Moore, David Sands and Kay Warnell, and accountants were Julie Mincey and Trish Tootle. Entertainment was provided by Skyler Smith and Trish Masters (Barefoot) as DJ.
“Ogeechee Area Hospice is so important to our community and we felt that it was time to give back to a wonderful organization that gives so much,” Mallard said. “So many of us have been touched by their dedication, love and support at such a difficult time in our lives.”
A total of $4,289.89 was raised.
“We would like to thank each one of you for the support that you gave to this great cause,” Mallard said.