Mr. GHS … in the name of charity

Contestants perform during the talent portion of the 2010 Mr. GHS man pageant. This year’s annual pageant is set for 7 p.m. tonight. — File photo

GREENVILLE — Judged on everything from evening wear and spirit to talent, six students at Greenville High School will vie for the crown of Mr. GHS… that’s right, Mr. GHS.

“It’s a real pageant, just for guys,” said Joyce Zimmer, advisor for the National Honor Society (NHS), which is putting on its fifth annual “Man Pageant.” The event is a fundraiser, with this year’s proceeds going to the The Purple Community, a research program at the Van Andel Institute which conducts biomedical research in health, specifically cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The show, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center, will kick off with a “musical number” with all six contestants taking part.

Then the judging begins.

Each contestant will perform a talent, some will play instruments and some will tell jokes. There will also be an evening wear competition where the male contestants will don their best evening gowns.

In line with pageant format, the contestants will be judged on a question and answer period, providing on-the-spot responses to questions posed by this year’s emcees, Taylor Zimmer, NHS president, and Taylor Bretzke, NHS member.

“It will be interesting for sure,” Bretzke said with a laugh. “It’s just fun to see the guys we’ve went to school with our whole lives get on stage and have fun.”

If rehearsals are any sign of how the event will go, Joyce Zimmer said, it will be as entertaining as ever.

“My belly hurt from laughing and my face hurt from smiling,” she said.

While the event itself will be fun and games, the cause its proceeds will go toward is anything but.

One hundred percent of this year’s proceeds will go to The Purple Community, which researches treatments and cures for chronic diseases.

“We felt that a lot of people relate to cancer research,” Taylor Zimmer said. “We felt like it impacted a lot of people, and that’s why we chose The Purple Community.”

Cost of admission is $5 and contestants will be collecting funds in buckets that will count toward a Mr. GHS crown. Contestants also raise money through “sponsorships” leading up to the event.

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