The female participants in the Mr. and Ms. CV fundraising competition spent lunchtime Tuesday getting pied — an opportunity their male counterparts seized on with some gusto.
So Wednesday, when it was the male participants’ turn to get splattered with whipped cream-covered paper plates, the ladies enjoyed some revenge.
“This is so satisfying after yesterday,” said Emily Bodi, a Crescent Valley High School senior and contestant in the competition, as she tossed away an empty plate.
Bodi said the pieing events were part of a series of lunchtime fundraisers this week that also promote Mr. and Ms. CV drive’s final pageant performance Saturday. But the events also gives participants a chance to have fun together after spending most of the school year raising money for charity.
The pageant, which starts at 7 p.m., is preceded by a silent auction for $3,000 worth of items and will be held at Crescent Valley's auditorium at 4444 NW Highland Drive. Tickets are $10 for students or $15 for adults and are available at the door or by contacting email@example.com.
“The girls put in a lot of work in this program and the guys make fun of us for stressing (about events they put on)… It’s good to get back at them for making fun of us,” Bodi said.
She added that getting pied isn’t pleasant, and the guys had no sympathy for them.
“At first it’s a fun kind of gross, and then it gets to be awful and disgusting. You get it in your nose and places whipped cream isn’t supposed to be. I definitely won’t be eating whipped cream for awhile,” she said.
She added that she had to wash her hair five times to get the smell out.
Meilo Seiter, a senior and one of three head coordinators for the competition, said for the contestants the pieing event can be a way to relieve tensions that build up over the months of the competition.
“There were some vendettas,” he said.
Seiter said getting pied was an experience to remember.
“It’s kinda exciting for the first few minutes, and then the smell of old milk starts to set in, and you realize you’re probably going to smell like this for a week and a half. But you remember it’s for charity and bear it,” he said.
Anya Prasad, a senior and head coordinator, said this year the competition benefits the Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Jackson Street Youth Services, and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Prasad said the lunchtime efforts this week raise a surprising amount of money and offers a fun diversion during a week when participants are practicing for their Saturday performance before and after school every day — and for 13 hours Friday, when they don’t have school.
“This group is really amazing,” she said. “The fact that 23 students can get off their butts and work hard for (most of a school year) is a really impressive thing for our community."
The performance will include three dance routines: one to showcase the male contestants, one with just the female contestants and one with all the participants. In addition, the event will include 10 talent performances, an announcement of how much money they have raised this year and the announcement of this year’s winners.
“(Mr. and Ms. CV) is about leadership. It’s about making a difference in your community," Prasad said. "It’s about proving people who think millennials are lazy wrong.”
Anthony Rimel covers education and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.