For the seventh year in a row, the Applied Communication class at Ripon College is putting on an extravagant “man pageant” in support of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). The 2013 Mr. Ripon pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Great Hall.
Over the past seven years, the Mr. Ripon pageant has raised more than $35,000 in support of HDSA, and consistently has been one of the most well-attended events hosted at Ripon College.
The night of the event, contestants will compete in swimwear, formalwear, talent (of the contestants’ choice) and HD knowledge (mini-interview) categories. The first three categories are all humorous, and contestants are encouraged to be creative and charismatic in order to gain points from the judges. The final category is to raise awareness about the cause and remind everyone why they are supporting the event.
Mr. Ripon contestants include: Matthew Brandfass ’17, Garth Clark ’14, Brian Gonya ’13, Logan Jensen, Tony Kaatz ’16, Clayton Kurth ’14, Jimmy Niescier ‘2014, Andy Paloumpis ’17, David Polizzi and Ripon College’s “Rally” the Red Hawk. Video reveals of the contestants can be accessed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MrRipon13.
Mr. Ripon sponsors include: Chiroplus Complementary, Christianos Pizza, Kristina’s Family Restaurant, Lamers Bus Lines, Horicon Bank, Ripon Drug, Casual Living Outfitters, Zuzak’s, Silver Creek Dentistry, Marine Credit Union, Sorenson Law, Homan Ford, Piepho Moving and Storage Inc., Century21, Cliff’s Tire and Battery, Oasis Tanning Spa of Ripon, Herman Leitz Agency, Diedrich Jewelry and Tuscumbia Golf Course.
Nearly one quarter of a million people are genetically at risk of inheriting Huntington’s disease. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 and 45. HD decreases a person’s motor skills, causes uncontrollable behavioral and emotional changes, and hinders the ability to think and reason. Eventually, victims of HD become dependent on others for their care. No treatment or cure currently exists.