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Brewton-Parker College senior Justin McCalla (left) and junior Tabitha Connell (right) present Beth Parker and Sheila Simmons, the Lady Barons assistant and head basketball coaches, with a check representing $450 designated to Life Line Ministries, a support group begun by Parker for people struggling with alcohol and narcotics addictions. The funds were raised by the BPC Coronet yearbook's Womanless Beauty Pageant and Student Activities Council's Bachelor Auction from Homecoming Week Feb. 13-18.
BPC Homecoming activities promote local ministry
By Suzanne Shurling
One of the first major events of Brewton-Parker College’s Homecoming week was Feb 13’s Womanless Beauty Pageant. For $1 one could buy a ticket to watch four average college guys compete in a clichéd beauty pageant.
First the young men answered interview questions in their formal wear and then each displayed a “unique” talent. With the help of the judges (Dr. Curtis Beaird, Jackie Smith and Sharla Williamson) a decision was made.
Justin McCalla, the fun-loving emcee, announced Andy Allison as third runner-up, Corey Herron as second runner-up, Michael Bibb as first runner-up and Max Owens as Miss Womanless BPC 2006. Dallas Wilke, the reigning queen, gladly handed over his purple feathered crown.
These same young men, and many others, volunteered their time again that Friday night in the annual BPC Bachelor Auction.
While the bidding may have gotten somewhat competitive, emcee Andrea Gaston was able to keep up with which brightly colored paddle went up last and which young lady bid highest on which young gentleman.
Tied for highest bids of the night were Bryce Brown and Jarret Bristol. After an audience clap-off, Bristol walked away with the coveted fireman’s hat.
Gilder Recital Hall was filled with “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” when the special surprise guest, Jake Parker (head baseball coach Chad and wife Beth Parker’s 3-year-old son), was brought out on the auction block. Some say, by far the top catch of the night.
During planning, the brains behind the events had already decided their organizations had no need for the money raised. They wanted instead to give the money to a charity, an organization being started by Beth Parker, Brewton-Parker’s assistant women’s basketball coach.
Life Line Ministries will be a support group for people struggling with alcohol and narcotics addictions. Unlike other addiction support groups, Life Line will be centered on how God can work in these people’s lives to help them overcome their addictions.
Between these two events a total of $450 was raised from the Brewton-Parker student body to help Life Line Ministries get started.
The BPC Yearbook and Student Activities Council would like to thank Fuzzy’s of Mount Vernon, ARAMARK and the BPC Alumni Office for the donation of prizes given away during the Homecoming Activities.