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Dallas High Senior Garrett Lawrence (center) will be one of seven competitors Saturday in the Mr. Dallas pageant, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
March 13, 2013
DALLAS -- For Mr. Dallas contestant Garrett Lawrence and his fellow competitors, Saturday's pageant is more than just a race to see who can raise the most money.
A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, it's a chance to help put an end to cancer.
"I've lost relatives to breast cancer," he said last week. "The more I think about it the more it means a lot more to me than just a competition."
A series of events have or will take place this week to help Mr. Dallas' "Compete for the Cure" meet its goal of raising $5,000.
Contestants have been conducting individual fundraisers bringing in nearly $400, but this week will be the final push.
"That is where we make the bulk of our money," said Mr. Dallas coordinator Heather Enderle, a senior and student body president.
Tuesday was the kickoff, with a fundraiser and karaoke competition at LimeBerry in Dallas.
Wednesday will debut the revamped Junior-Senior Basketball Game.
"That's actually looking to be pretty entertaining," Lawrence said. "This year we've been having small practices that have turned into a pretty competitive ordeal. There is a lot of hype with it this year. We are hoping to make that one a big event."
Friday is "Family Fun Night" in which a boxing ring, an obstacle course and dunk tank will be set up -- weather permitting -- on the high school track.
This year's competition has seven contestants: freshman Cody Hutchinson, junior Tyler Curtis, and seniors Lawrence, Efra Quevedo, Kyle Stockdall, Tim Thiessen and Paul Disney.
In a change from years past, the pageant will be held in Bollman Auditorium at the high school instead of in the gym.
Enderle said the venue shift will add glamour to the pageant and perhaps more interest from the community. However, with limited seating, Enderle suggests people arrive early for the show.
The pageant itinerary includes a new segment of "Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?" -- with real fifth-graders, Curtis noted -- a talent competition, formal wear contest and question-and-answer session.
Audience members can expect an evening of entertaining antics, but all for a worthy cause.
"I've been affected by cancer, too," Curtis said. "My grandmother passed away and I've also seen how it affects other people. I really want that to stop. I want to do my part to help with that."
Fun For A Cause
What: Mr. Dallas Pageant, "Compete for the Cure."
Where: Bollman Auditorium, Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave.
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Other events: "Compete for the Cure" week includes:
* Junior-Senior Basketball Game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in DHS' main gym. Admission is $2.
* Family Fun Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Gallaspy Stadium -- weather permitting. Admission is $5.