Beginning at 7 p.m. in the new CHS cafeteria, men who have found the perfect black dress will strut their stuff across the stage in an effort to win the title of "Ms. Bartow" during the "Ms. Bartow: Man I Feel Like a WoMan!" womanless beauty pageant.
Robert Davidson, president of the CHS band boosters, said the event is a fun opportunity to raise funds for items for the band. He said the transition to a new building has left many organizations seeking additional funding as the school continues to grow.
"[Cass High] is a wonderful school, but from a facilities standpoint and all the equipment that goes into a facility, there wasn't a lot over there," Davidson said. "That means for ourselves and other organizations, we're going to have to rebuild a lot of things that were in place at the old school."
He said the transition has resulted in the band boosters having to sponsor more fundraisers than in years past.
"We're expecting [the fundraiser] to help us with things like fixtures and equipment for the concession stands and horns and equipment for the band that didn't come with us, so that's the key driver [for the fundraiser].
As of Friday, Davidson said the fundraiser had about 15 registered contestants and had reserved several tables for eight at $100 each.
For supporters looking for a fun way to donate that doesn't involve wearing heels, Davidson said a silent auction will be held throughout the pageant. He said it will feature items such as a DeWALT cordless drill, family packs of tickets to area museums, a session with a local hair stylist and office chairs.
To participate, contact Kim Caves at email@example.com or Dede Toole by Saturday at firstname.lastname@example.org for pageant information and forms. The event is open to the public and all donations are tax deductible.