Pageant raises $11,000Published 9:53pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The feminine antics of 10 men dressed in drag helped raise more than $11,100 for the American Cancer Society at Nansemond River Pilot Club’s Womanless Beauty Pageant in January.
The check was delivered to the society’s Angela Francis at the club’s meeting on Tuesday night at Suffolk Presbyterian Church. It was the second-highest amount the event has raised in its 13 years, and the highest when the club had to pay for the food that was served.
“This is the first year we had expenses that we made this much,” said Becky Adams, chairman of the event. She explained that the club received the meal for free in a past year, but this year’s caterer was unable to do that.
Francis thanked the club for putting on the event, noting some of the programs the money funds.
“We do a variety of things — research, Road to Recovery, Look Good Feel Better — the list really goes on and on, and we couldn’t do it without your support,” she said.
Pageant winner Danny Kizzee was also on hand — in men’s clothing this time — to help with the check presentation. He competed under the name Princess Consuela Banana Hammock and was surprised to take home the top prize. Like many of the skirt-clad contestants, he has been personally affected by cancer — both his parents have survived various forms of the disease.
“We appreciate everybody’s support, and we look forward to next year,” said Leslie Adams, co-chair of the event.
Next year’s event will be held on Jan. 25.
“It will be just as good, if not better,” Becky Adams promised.