The contestants strutted in sequins, feathers and fishnet hosiery at the 3rd annual Charity Queens Beauty Pageant. Competition was rowdy, especially in the talent section, with trios and solos and even a Madea impersonation. However, the bottom line was dollars and cents for charity, and Philip Foreman, President and Owner of Brew Thru, raised $10,000 for his charity of choice, Get Pinked! in honor of his cousin, Michelle Meredith.
Meredith was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 31. Since then, she has undergone six surgeries, both oral and intravenous chemo, along with the many scans and blood draws that accompany treatment. “Sounds pretty bad, right?” said Michelle. “Not so much. Since that life altering day, I have learned to live passionately in the moment. I am happier than ever and surrounded by the most amazing friends and family.”
“Philip is phenomenal,” said Carl Curnutte, Co-Chairman of the Get Pinked! campaign and Foreman’s fashion-and-financial consultant. “We tapped all his friends, from the Outer Banks to California and Florida to New York City.” Additionally, the Get Pinked! campaign promoted Foreman’s effort, sending out emails and postings on Facebook. “It was a blast,” said Foreman. His ladies-in-waiting included his wife, Brandy, who just days earlier had crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon before the bombing. “We’re so grateful for the tremendous support of our community,” said Foreman.
The woman-less beauty pageant is the brainchild of Dee Buchanan and Brindley Beach Vacations, founding sponsor of the event. The guidelines were refined this year, allowing contestants to choose their favorite charity. As a result, ten different nonprofits were the grateful recipients. Since its launch in October 2011, the Get Pinked! breast health program has provided 540 free screening mammograms. The hospital picks up all the administrative expenses with donors’ dollars underwriting the cost of the mammograms. “Because of Philip’s audacious performance as Phil-oncé, we will continue to save lives in Dare County,” said Curnutte.