SUNY Plattsburgh men strut their stuff

PLATTSBURGH Beauty pageants are a common thing in America, but for men? Mr. Plattsburgh has been held at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh for the last eight years. The competition is held annually to raise money for the campus non-profit organization Together All Women are Strong, the group that started the event. This year, TAWS chose to donate the money raised to the Invisible Children organization, a group working to help the children of Uganda who are being abducted by a terrorist organization. We donate to a different charity every year whichever one we find the most meaningful, said TAWS president Andrea Lamkins. Invisible Children was chosen this year after Lamkins and other members of TAWS watched the documentary based onthe children of Uganda. [We] fell in love with the cause and wanted to help as much as we could, said Lamkins. Since we are a community service club, we felt as though we could raise awareness for this charity throughout the campus and the community. Twelve university students competed for the title of Mr. Plattsburgh April 24, helping to raise money and provide entertainment for the student body. The event began with the contestants strutting their stuff down the catwalk set up in the Warren Ballroom on campus. This was followed by the men showing off their sleep wear, which consisted mainly of boxers alone, much to the delight of the throng of screaming women. The men then had to show off some sort of talent, a portion of the evening which ranged from reading poems to singing to those who took an interesting twist on dancing. These men then quickly changed into gentlemen when they walked out in their formal wear, tuxes and all. The evening ended with men answering impromptu questions ranging from What was your most embarrassing moment? to If you could be any dessert, which one would you be? The answers brought out sides of the contestants some of their classmates had never seen. In the end, Jonathan Appel of West Hempstead was crowned Mr. Plattsburgh 2008. Appel is a freshman at SUNY Plattsburgh and plans on hosting the event next year. The Mr. Plattsburgh event, along with bake sales and car washes, helped the group raise $1,260 this year, more raised than in previous years, said Lamkins.

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