Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus thoroughly enjoys finding fun and entertaining ways to give back to the community, and this past Saturday’s event showed the community exactly what our staff and faculty are willing to do.
Every year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) chapters across the country hold competitions for individuals to earn the title of “Man and Woman of the Year.” The candidates compete by raising money over the course of 10 weeks, and each dollar raised counts as one vote. All of the funds go toward improving the lives of those affected by blood cancers, which include leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Jenny Frost, a leukemia survivor, has been doing fundraisers for LLS through Team In Training (TNT) for many years, and this year she took her fundraising to a new level by becoming a candidate for the LLS Woman of the Year for the Minnesota chapter. Stephanie Petersen, massage therapy program chair at the Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus, has been friends with Frost for several years and wanted to find a way to help her earn the title.
The “Womanless Beauty Pageant” is an event that Frost has held before for her fundraising efforts through TNT, so it seemed natural for her to hold it again this year as she seeks as many votes as possible. Petersen thought that getting involved in the pageant would be a great way to support her friend, so she brought in not only her massage students, but Andrew Kagol, director of career services, as well.
Petersen promoted the event on campus to staff and faculty and brought massage therapy students who volunteered to do chair massages before the event. Between the two fundraisers, the Brooklyn Center campus helped Frost earn $156, which equated 156 votes. Other monies/votes were also collected at the event through raffle ticket sales.
In addition to Petersen’s promotion, Kagol participated in the pageant as a contestant! To prepare for the big night, Kagol met with his beauty coach, Ann Deiman-Thornton, dean of faculty, to shop for his formal wear and active wear. He visited Minnesota School of Cosmetology to receive a manicure, pedicure and facial.
During the event, Kagol was judged on formal wear, talent, and active wear. It was a sight to see that unfortunately our contestant does not want to share; however, the five staff members from the campus really enjoyed watching him! Although Kagol did not win, he was a great sport for competing.
Frost has a little more than three weeks left in her competition to raise enough money to become the Minnesota LLS Woman of the Year. If you are interested in contributing to her cause or attending one of the events that she is hosting, please check out her site.