It’s going to be hard to replicate an event like LUEWWD VI: March BADness. Honestly, as we saw the torrential downpour wash out our food truck and cornhole pre-game, we were certain that our numbers would fall far short of what we expected. But the rain didn’t stop loyal LUEWWD fans from showing up to support their favorite contestants and entourage members and it definitely didn’t stop them from reaching deep into their pockets to pull out $7,190 for Schoohouse of Wonder. This sizable total smashed last summer’s record breaking event locally and puts LUEWWD at the top of fundraising nationally. Speaking of records, a certain Lil Chick and the Left Wingers raked in an awe-inspiring total of $2,023 to secure their spot as Madame Moneymaker. While we typically don’t expect contestants to pass a thousand, Tooth Scary also pulled in a kick-ass total of $1,160! Another highlight was the elaborate chariot that ushered in Hercules who took home the coveted Durham Diva title. This time around we had a last minute contestant cancellation which meant that a LUEWWD organizer’s name was drawn from the hat and Dirty D was the lucky one to face the contestants. She didn’t quite make it to the championship round according to the Natty Greene’s LUEWWD bracket, but she did go home with a stylish Queen of the Losers award. Even though Lady Lightning and Arm Raider did not rise to the top of the heap, they both had fabulous entourages with character-appropriate items to get monetary votes. The big ticket item, the handmade LUEWWD champion belt, belonged to Wonder Bread at the end of the night as she defeated a sultry Sedusa in a stale mate hula hoop throw down. The new Moshi Moshi Stale Mate Wheel was a huge hit and transformed some tense arm wrestling sessions into hula hoop thrown downs, full body rock-paper-scissors showdowns, decisive thumb wrestling matches and electrifying dance-offs.
We’ve got lots of folks to thank for the success of the event:
– The voluptuous Marilyn Manho managed to squeeze every penny out of the LUEWWD crowd as the emcee.
– Rose Hoban returned to the stage, this time to serve as the ref (and what a great ref she was, ensuring wrestler safety and calling some tough shots!).
– The sexy duo Madame Muscle and Fur Pelton John provided some eye candy for the crowd as our Round Girl and Round Boy.
– The panel of judges: Irene Dwinnell, the Schoolhouse of Wonder representative, added a bit of sass as Lady Justice; Kaferine de Nerve, our beloved Beaver Queen representative, added in some holier-than-thou judgment dressed as a nun; and Robert Bland, the man who will soon have a LUEWWD logo tattooed on his body, was judging simply as his generosity-inducing self.
– As the evening’s DJ, MAYDNEW’s May Alexander maintained the appropriate beat for every type of crazy activity that happened on stage.
– Jayme Johnson (formerly Turdley McStinkfinger, Ze Lunch Lady, Ze Monsta, LUEWWD IV Round Girl, etc) was our new stage bouncer (which kept her really busy!).
– LisaCaitlin Hess (formerly Little Big Red) helped to keep us all in line as the volunteer coordinator
– Photographers BJ Council and Ann Oshel snapped several hundred memorable shots.
– Becky, of Pie Pushers, organized the food trucks for the event and was joined by Chirba Chirba and The Parlour.
– The Casbah staff kept up with the demand of a dynamic crowd and the fundraising sales of the color-changing commemorative LUEWWD cups donated by AdSpice.
– Poe, of Phunco, designed an incredible poster for the event yet again and helping us with our Web site.
– The volunteers who controlled the evening’s hilarious chaos: Kay Bond, Steve Cameron, Murphie Chappell (formerly Phoenix Rising), Debra Duncan, Carrie Fields, Mike Gulley, Kristin Hawk, Anelda Hess, Mike Hess, Steve Hess, Bejal Kikani (formerly The Beastal), Andrea Mastrobuono, Sujata Mody, Christine Nguyen, Betsy O’Donovan, Cindy Scipio, Bill Smith, Sara Venables and Erika Wilson (formerly Princess Slaya and Ruby Red)
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