An enormous turnout, and a surprise guest, spelled a huge success for Friday evening’s Pink Out, the annual fundraiser to bring much needed assistance to Franklin County in the fight against breast cancer.
The event at Paddy’s Raw Bar on St. George Island, raised close to $40,000 in proceeds for Franklin Needs, Inc., which is dedicated in providing free mammograms and financial assistance for travel, to Franklin County residents.
Five contestants in the womanless pageant, which consisted of a talent segment and an evening gown segment, vied for a chance to win fame but no fortune.
St. George Island’s Simon Hodgson showed off his skills with a drum performance, while Dustin Bergan of Apalachicola danced on stage with his tool set showing the crowd his carpentry skills. St. George Island’s Gagalicious performed "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson, and mystery guest Clayton Mathis of Apalachicola, whose appearance was teased all week on Facebook, entertained the crowd dressed as an Octoberfest barmaid while performing a traditional German dance and drinking an Oyster City beer.
But in the end, everyone swooned over the island’s Levi Stanley, who wore a blue dress and blonde wig and danced to Dolly Parton's “Nine to Five” to secure the title of Mr. Pinkout 2020.
The crowd voted on the contestants by making monetary deposits in each of their buckets, and Stanley took top prize, and a crown.
The Pink Out did not have a silent auction this year but hopes to bring it back next year. They did have a 50/50 split the pot raffle, auctioned off a quilt donated by Karen Rowland, raffled off a restaurant gift certificate bouquet featuring gift certificates from the majority of Franklin County restaurants.
The evening featured wine and draft beer donated by Oyster City Brewing Company and served up fried grouper/snapper dinners with a side of grits, slaw, hush puppies and fries.
Captain Clint and Christine Taylor of BigFish SGI donated 60 pounds of fish and the sides were donated by Danny Itzkovitz of Tamara's Cafe, Sysco Corporation and The Piggly Wiggly. The fish was prepared and cooked by local resident Ricky Rickerson and Kim Council of The Food Truck - SGI.
The island’s Jay Gilkerson emceed the evening, which also included a live auction for such tiems as a two-hour paddle board trip donated by Island Dog; a two-hour sunset cruise donated by Captain Russ Knapp, a custom-made wooden Adirondack stool handcrafted and donated by Al MacPhee of the island, a week stay in a vacation rental donated by Hal Denton, and a dinner for four donated by Your Table Your Chef.
The organizers would like to give a big thanks to Pink Out sponsors Web 2K, Seaside Cotton, Sellers Tile, Gulf Beach View, Sparks and Sons Island Grocery, Nauman Group, BigFish SGI, Floorida Floors, Builders by the Sea, Manausa, Shaw & Manacci, P.A., Fickling & Company of St. George Island, Tiffins Funrniture, Harry A's, The Food Truck, Oyster City Brewing Company, HalfShell Dockside, Danny Gay, Piggly Wiggly, Centennial Bank, Buccaneer Inn, Duncan Construction, Rick Watson, Water Street Seafood, Jeff Galloway Real Estate, Collins Vacation Rentals, Resort Vacation Properties, Coastal Realty Group and Building 29.
Plus they offered a huge thank you to their amazing volunteers, because this event couldn't happen without them.
“The community came together for this wonderful cause. Everybody in attendance enjoyed the camaraderie during this challenging year,” said longtime supporter, and volunteer organizer Dayle Flint.
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This article originally appeared on The Apalachicola Times: Stanley rocks a huge Pink Out