A group of men from Fountain Valley are preparing to strut their stuff on stage to help raise money for local non-profit organizations.
The second annual Mr. Fountain Valley Pageant will be hosted by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation and the Fountain Valley Educational Foundation on Friday, April 12 at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center.
The light-hearted competition will include categories in formal wear, talent, swimwear and a Question and Answer portion. In the months leading up to the pageant, the five contestants will be trying to raise money for their respective charities.
"The main goal is to raise money for Fountain Valley nonprofit organizations in a fun and unique manner," Mark Nix, the city's community services manager, said. "The more fun and more unique the event can be, the better chance of raising more money for each of the organizations."
The men will be raising moneyby selling votes for $1 each, acquiring sponsors, and selling ad space in the event’s program.
"They can get as creative as possible when selling votes including dancing for votes at prior events, putting a bucket in a store to collect votes, or even shave their head if enough votes are collected," Nix added.
The man named Mr. Fountain Valley will receive a sash, bragging rights and money for the organization he supported in the pageant. The winner will also be asked to attend city events during his reign as Mr. Fountain Valley.
In May Star Real Estate CEO Frank McDowell was crowned Mr. Fountain Valley for 2012. More than $22,000 was raised for local non-profit organizations during last year's pageant.
Robert Bank e – Fountain Valley Kiwanis
Franck Bideau – Fountain Valley Educational Foundation
Art Groeneveld – Boys and Girls Club
Sergio Flores – Fountain Valley Community Foundation
Kenneth Kim – Fountain Valley Regional Hospital Foundation
Pageant tickets will be sold for $40 beginning Feb. 20th. Attendees must be 21 years of age to attend and IDs will be checked at the door. For ticket sales or to cast votes, go to fvcommunityfoundation.org or fvef.org.