‘Womanless’ pageant raises $22,000 for charity in Terrace, B.C.

First annual fun'raiser provides lots of laughs and virtually sells out REM Lee Theatre for Kimmunity Angels Society

The 11 contestants in the first annual Dude Looks Like a Lady pageant pose afterward. From left standing are Ms. Sylva Fox (John Dafoe)

the chance to see 11 men dressed as women and raise money for a fantastic cause virtually sold out the REM Lee Theatre and filled the piggy bank of the Kimmunity Angels Society Oct. 22.

Dude Looks Like a Lady, the first annual “womanless” beauty pageant, filled 650 of the theatre’s 702 seats and brought in a staggering $22,000 to help those who have financial difficulty pay for medical treatment, travel and equipment.

The contestants went above and beyond by raising $10,000 of that total themselves, even though they only had to raise a $250 entry fee to help cover costs.

“Credit goes to the guys, for their attitude and spirit which is what made every aspect of the event fun,” said organizer and Kimmunity Angels founder Donna Slavik.

“They went above and beyond and had fun at the same time. Because of their attitude, there was such a great vibe around every aspect of this event. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this group of guys,” she said, adding that it is important that the men get the acknowledgment they deserve for their hard work and dedication to helping ill people in the community.

Their $10,000 in addition to ticket and calendar sales rocketed the total to just over $22,000, added Slavik.

Top fundraiser was Ursula “The Red Baroness” Von Strappe (Rick McDaniel) with $3,300.

Originally 14 contestants were ready to strut their stuff in heels but two had to drop out due to other commitments and one, Violet Winters (Ryan Sergerie) had to have knee surgery. He still made an appearance on crutches for a short chat with emcee Steve Little.

“He (Sergerie) was such an integral part of the event at that time, which is why I wanted to keep him involved,” said Slavik.

Picking the winners fell to judges Bob Park, Amy Spencer and Adam Kirkwood, who often had contestants strut over to give them a closeup view of what they were wearing, including several in bikinis.

The contestants worked their way through three parts of the pageant during the course of the event: an evening gown competition, talent competition and swimsuit competition.

Evening gowns varied from floor length right up to short enough to reveal most of the contestant’s leg.

Talent included the Charleston, a poem told along with a baton twirl, and imitations of music videos.

The swimsuits included a few one piece bathing suits but mostly bikinis.

Presented with the tiara and bouquet of flowers for the win was Ivona Shagwell (Chapen Leblond) to whom judge Spencer said “Now that’s a River Queen if I ever saw one,” referring to Shagwell’s male alter ego who plays on the Terrace River Kings hockey team.

Juana Bang (Evan van Dyk) was named first runner up and Annie Depressant (Conor Watson) finishing as second runner up.

The contestants chose Kristal Chandelier (Tim Waggot) as Miss Congeniality for being the nicest of the group.

The pageant went off without a hitch and even though the contestants spent most, if not all, of the entire evening walking around in high heels, no one tripped or missed a step.

Little said it was fun to watch them learn to walk in heels.

This first group of contestants had only about six weeks to prepare for their big night, Slavik said, whereas contestants for next year will have an entire year to prepare since they now know what to expect.

“This year’s pageant was incredible. Can you imagine what next year’s will be like?!” she asked.

“I’m looking forward to next year and hope we are lucky enough to gather a group of guys as wonderful as this group.

“They set the bar extremely high!!”

Just Posted

Terrace River Kings win playoffs

Defeating Williams Lake Stampeders, the team now heads to the Coy Cup for the fourth year in a row

First annual Valentines Day Memorial Walk to honor missing and murdered Indigenous people held in Terrace

Mayor Carol Leclerc and RCMP Cst. Angela Rabut joined members of the Radek family and walkers on Feb. 14 from the Chill Soda Shop on Highway 16 to the Tempo Gas Station.

Most Highway 16 closures for avalanches in years after multiple dumps of snow

Highway 16 has had four closures between Terrace and Prince Rupert due to 35 mile avalanche area

Terrace RCMP arrest Kitimat man for drug trafficking

A police investigation has led to the arrest of a Kitimat man… Continue reading

Terrace Fire Department announces new training program, increased calls in year-end report

All firefighters in Terrace are expected to complete training by the end of April 2018.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

VIDEO: B.C. deer caught obeying traffic signs

A herd of deer in Fernie, B.C. is getting attention online after stopping for a stop sign

Petition wants fundraiser dropped for family of man cleared in Boushie’s death

Group says GoFundMe is profiting from the young Indigenous man’s death

Porch lights turn on for Canadian teen behind #BeccaToldMeTo movement

New Brunswick’s Rebecca Schofield had asked her Facebook followers to perform random acts of kindness

B.C. files challenge to Alberta wine trade ban

First formal dispute under Canadian Free Trade Agreement

NDP’s first budget to set spending record for housing, child care

Premier John Horgan promises biggest investments in B.C. history

B.C. man goes to jail for beating puppy to death

Robert Carolan has also been banned from owning animals for the next ten years

BCHL Today: Langley enjoys home ice while roller coast ride continues for Chilliwack Chiefs

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Most Read