Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mr. Bulldog Pageant

My son is in the Mr. Bulldog pageant! This is a non-traditional pageant to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Most of the high schools in our county participate in this wonderful pageant. Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. One of Children's Miracle Network's founding commitments is to keep funds within the community in which they are generated. All donations go directly to Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospitals.
Each participating high school organizes a non-traditional pageant. Contestants are judged in a number of categories, including creativity, personality, faculty review, and individual fundraising. Each school’s contribution is a result of fundraising as well as admission to the pageants. These are pictures of the eight senior guys that are in the Mr. Bulldog pageant. They apply to be a contestant and then are voted in by the senior girls. It is a real honor to be in this pageant. It is a ton of fun for them, but also a ton of work and a huge time commitment.
The pageants require months of preparation on behalf of student and adult volunteers. As part of preparations, the contestants tour the Pediatrics Department and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the local hospital. This is often a turning point for the contestants and coordinators, as they see firsthand how their efforts will make a difference in the lives of Oregon children. It's so funny because the guys are often asked to do skits or dance and they really don't know what they are doing! All the pictures above are from a little show that the guys put on during half time at one of the girls basketball game this year. They came running out onto the court to the theme of Rocky and they were doing push-ups and funny dances. Grayson was so funny! That's him above trying to bust a move!
Our oldest son, Mackenzie, was also in the Mr. Bulldog pageant back in 2003. Here are a few pictures of him in the final pageant talent/variety show. Above he is singing a rap song with the coordinating moves!
They had a part at the end where they brought the moms out and each boy read a tribute to their mother. Here's Mackenzie and I hugging after he read me my tribute. It was very sweet and touching.
Here's a shot of him doing another skit where they were required to do a a little act with a child that they knew. Mackenzie picked his cousin Garrett (my sister, Kathi's son). I thought this picture turned out so cute! He was portraying the Crocodile Hunter.
Anyway, back to Grayson......this week on Monday night they held another event. It was He-Man volleyball where our Mr. Bulldog contestants had a volleyball match against two of our rival schools Mr. Mascot contestants, the Mr. Lion's and the Mr. Billy's. Here are all the contestants money jars lined up. This is part of their program. Each contestant has old giant mayonnaise jars that they carry around and try to get donations. They also can have jars sitting on counters at local businesses. Grayson's is the jar painted gold. One of the areas each boy will be judged is on their individual fundraising. Grayson is doing quite well so far!
This was a pretty hilarious event! All the guys dressed up super funny. This is my son dressed up so lovely! I'm such a proud mother!!!LOL!
They were all so in to it!
Here's Grayson serving the ball. It is really funny to watch guys play volleyball because they are too strong and they hit the ball crazy hard. Often times it hit the ceiling! Our team got second place out of three teams.
In between the games they held a "Mad dash for Cash". This is where each contestant ran into the stands with their money jars and asked for money. It is so fun to watch this. All the people in the crowd are so nice and generously give so much money to these boys!
You can see Grayson down there with his buds checking out how much money they earned.
Later they had an obstacle course race that was so funny! Each team had two different contestants at every station. They first had to run around the gym pushing a stroller with a baby in it, then they had to eat really gross tasting baby food (like peas and squash), eat a chocolate bar out of a diaper and then drink out of a sippy cup. It was so hilarious! We were all laughing so hard!
Here's Grayson and his girlfriend, Rachelle, afterwards. She helped him pick out his outfit and he is even wearing her spandex pants and shorts! It was a great, fun night!
What's really neat about this program is that they are helping babies! Most of the moneys earned from our school will go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at our local hospital. Grayson and the other contestants got to tour the unit and see the teeny tiny premature babies in there. When Grayson came home from the tour, he was just beaming and so excited about these little babies. He handed me this picture saying it is a true to scale footprint of a preemie baby. He was marveling at the miracle that they are so little, but they are able to stay alive and thrive by the NICU and that he is helping with that!

He will continue to be doing activities and fundraising and it will end with a big huge pageant show in April. I will definitely have pictures for you! One of the contestants will leave the evening with the title of Mr. Bulldog King. It's all in fun though and for a good cause, so there really is not a serious competition going on. Their goal as a group is to raise $8,000.00! I hope they can do it!

"Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. " 1 John 3:19

Love, Sharon


jAne said...

What an amazingly fun event for an even more amazing cause. Such an honor to help others. Your sons have a full and wonderful life in sooo many ways, Sharon. :o)

P.S. The outfits they wore were scary funny. ;o)

Heather said...

wow it looks like they are well on their way to their goal. i hope they achieve it and then some! what a great thing they are doing.

Brenda said...

Sharon that is so neat and he is just a doll. I know you are so proud spandex and all.

shamrock fields said...

Dear Sharon,
What great fun for such a wonderful cause! We have a Children's Miracle Network Hospital here, and we know many friends who have benefited from their services. What a great cause for your sons to be involved in! I'll have to share some of these fundraising ideas with my daughter who is in SGA. Thanks for sharing--such cute pictures. Thanks also for your sweet comments! Bless you-

Dana said...

thats so awesome:)

LillySue said...

Sharon- Isn't it wonderful to see our children being part of such worthy activities! He will be blessed for his participation! I know you are already blessed by seeing how compassionate his heart is. We look forward to more on this event!
Blessings- LillySue

luvmy4sons said...

I just love getting to know your sons! They are all so handsome and so awesome! You must be one proud mamma! What a great idea!

Kelly said...

Bless your sons for participating in this, Shar! What a wonderful way to help! I love the outfits, LOL!

Sweet Nothings said...

I'm so glad Grayson is participating! I hope he wins! :) It is for such a great cause, it's awesome that they put this on every year!

I've never seen the picture of Mackenzie rapping, so funny!

Hope you're having a relaxing day off! Love you!

Lisa said...

What a fun tradition and creative way to raise money!And what great memories for you and your boys!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

What a worthy cause. I love reading about young people doing things for their community.

Stephanie said...

Thats so awesome for him to be a part of that, thats amazing!
Hope your having a great evening :)

Elena said...

That sounds like a lot of fun and for such a good cause! It brings back memories of when I was in high school:)

Anonymous said...

CMN was founded by Marie
Osmond. Whom I have met,
CMN raises alot of money
and provides help to many
families. Thanks to all
those working to help this
wonderful foundation!
Pamela in Ohio

Kathi said...

Sharon, This is such a wonderful thing for these boys to do. I'm so proud of both of them. They worked hard and it's for such a good cause. Love, Kathi

Bonita said...

As a former Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, tell Grayson thank you for helping all the babies! It looks like y'all had a lot of fun.

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