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If you didn’t make it to Washington County High School on Saturday night, you missed out.
What did you miss?
Well, there was a band of boys that made a commitment to act silly to raise money for a worthy cause - Relay for Life.
Around $3,000 was raised from the event, all of which will go toward fighting cancer, something most or all of us have had some contact with through personal experience or friends and family members.
One of our editorial board members commented how the event was worth the $5 per person price tag, equating to a cheap date full of a lot of laughs.
Several people, including the event emcee, Debbie McIntosh, said it was funny to see these young men, many of whom have played sports since an early age, put on such a show.
We think it’s a creative way to raise money for charity.
A big kudos to the participants and everyone else who put in the hours to make the event happen.
Without all the free labor, that money doesn’t get raised.
McIntosh said during the event that the participants prepared for over a month for the evening. That’s no small task.
Before and after the event, the community was abuzz.
One of our editorial board members heard conversations about it while out covering other events.
Another employee said she heard people talking about it at church.
Where ever you went, there it was.
We liked the idea of having individual jars set aside so that audience members could donate money to their favorite performer.
It’s a good catalyst for competition and the winner gets named the audience’s favorite.
There was a good crowd, but there was still room for more folks to pile in.
If you were on the fence about going this year, make sure to attend next year if Junior Mister survives.
There must have been a lot of proud dads, seriously, because of their sons’ sacrifice to raise money for charity.
One editorial board member said she spotted a very young man, age 4, in the audience imitating the fellas on stage.
Let’s hope it continues on for years so that young man will have his chance to act like a fool for a worthy cause.
So, from the Springfield Sun editorial board, keep up the good work.
We know you worked hard and we hope to see the program continue.
For other organizations and groups out there looking to raise money for a cause, take note. The students and teachers involved with this program outdid themselves this time.
And, for the young men who dressed up like cheerleaders, donned pink fairy wings or went through grueling fitness routines, a big hats off to you.
We saw a side of you that we’ve never seen before and it was quite entertaining.
The editorial board consists of Shorty Lassiter (general manager), Brandon Mattingly (sports and news reporter) and Jesse Osbourne (editor).
Occasionally we will share our collective view about topics in the community.