Pieter Van Will of Port McNeill kneels to accept beads from a bevy of women during the fourth annual Victor's Secret Pageant at Port McNeill Community Hall Jan. 31.

The Secret’s out — pageant raises more than $10,000

PORT McNEILL—Fourth annual Victor's Secret event sells out, pays off for local cancer victims

North Island men had a chance to strut their stuff during the fourth annual Victor’s Secret Pageant at the Port McNeill Community Hall.

The fundraiser took place Jan. 31 and involved local men modelling bras decorated for the Flower Shoppe’s “Bras for a Cause Campaign.” This year’s event raised more than $10,000 in money for community members who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Cheryl Verbrugge, the event’s host, emphasized that one hundred percent of the profits stay on the North Island.

Local patients or their family and friends can reach out to the committee for some aid.

“Usually we try to keep it anonymous,” said Verbrugge. “Last year we gave nine people on the North Island five hundred dollars.” The money goes towards expenses such as food, travel, hotels, and wigs.

In its first two years, the event donated to organizations such as Wheels for Wellness and Angel Flight, but last year’s donations went strictly to cancer patients.

Verbrugge came up with the idea for the fundraiser when a friend was diagnosed with cancer, and after seeing the difficulties associated with driving to and from Victoria for treatments.

“I wished I could have flown her down,” said Verbrugge.

Verbrugge hosted the first event following the second Bras for a Cause campaign at the Flower Shoppe in Port McNeill, which raises funds for cancer research by inviting community members to design and create their own unique bras. Lyn Skrlac, the Flower Shoppe’s owner, donates the bras for local men to don and display in the pageant. The event has proven wildly popular with community members, quickly selling out each year.

Victor’s Secret alternates between a fashion show and a pageant format. This year was a pageant, where participants were required to dance and answer questions posed by the host. The tickets for this year’s pageant sold out in just seven and a half hours.

“It’s exciting to see the tickets selling,” said Verbrugge. “But nerve-wracking, too, when you sell out that fast.”

Although Verbrugge was busy throughout the night, she still had time to enjoy the show.

“The whole thing is a highlight for me!” said Verbrugge. “Just seeing how much the public puts in and supports it.”

The set and props, which showcased a tropical theme with flower leis and a beach backdrop, were designed and put together by the Victor’s Secret committee. Verbrugge and the rest of the committee is reportedly excited for next year’s event, and will discuss improvements, themes, and different ideas at a committee meeting this week.

 

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