Men strut for a good cause – The Suffolk News-Herald

On Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26, the Martina Natoli Lagman Foundation will host the annual Womanless Beauty Pageant, ‘Heels for Healing’, at the First Lady of Suffolk.

The competition, which was previously sponsored by the Nansemond River Pilot Club, will feature everyday men dressed as women and competing in the talent, evening wear, swimwear and sportswear categories in the hope of winning. the crown at the end of the night. Attendees will go to great lengths to wear makeup, false eyelashes and heels, ensuring laughter from all who attend.

Proceeds will go to the Martina Natoli Lagman Foundation, which was founded in memory of Martina Natoli, who lost her battle with cystic fibrosis in April at the age of 30. The foundation hopes to keep his memory alive by raising awareness and helping to extend the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and encouraging them to achieve higher education goals through undergraduate education scholarships. undergraduate, graduate, community college, technical or trade school, certificate programs, or similar pathways. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes the lungs to fill with hardened mucus.

In less than a year, the foundation has already raised over $30,000 to be used for scholarships and lifesaving medicine.

“Martina loved the quote, ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away’, and we think this contest embodies that quote. It’s something we ‘she would have loved and we are thrilled to be able to welcome her this year,” said Tina Natoli, Martina’s mother and founder of the Martina Natoli Lagman Foundation. “We also want to thank the community for all of their support over the past few years. years as Martina fought a tough battle with cystic fibrosis.”

Joe Shannon, Martina’s uncle and one of the men entering the pageant, can’t wait for the event to happen.

“I’m a little nervous about doing it because it’s different, but it’s a great way to keep Martina’s memory alive and it will be fun. She loved glamor and fashion and dressing up, so this seems like a way to keep her close. I also look forward to reuniting with my family, friends and community after this truly difficult year, and giving them something positive to look forward to.

Shannon keeps a good sense of humor about the occasion.

“My sister and I argue about what to do with my facial hair, but I draw the line by shaving my legs,” he joked.

Tickets for the show are $40 per person or $75 for a couple and will include a souvenir bottle of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a dessert bar. There will also be a cocktail bar, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. each day, dinner is served at 6 p.m., and contestants take the stage at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased through Venmo using the handle @Martinanatolilagmanfoundation and picked up at “will call” on the night of the event. When purchasing through Venmo, attendees want to make sure they include the date they will be attending in the “notes” section.

For more information, please contact Tina Natoli at 757-763-9213.

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