The TCU Ms. Relay competition had two competitors and ended with both men in dresses partnering together in order to raise more money for cancer research.
The two male volunteers, Aaron Bowyer and alum Clinton Stephens, walked around campus in women’s clothing asking students to donate money to Relay for Life.
Relay for Life is a national organization that raises money for American Cancer Society through team relay events. There is an affiliate in Fort Worth, as well as a club at TCU.
Last year, five males competed, and the one who collected the most money was crowned “Ms. Relay,” but this year, the two men split the prize, finding they could raise more money together than apart. Bowyer and Stephens raised about $400 for Relay for Life this year.
Maddey Nelson, a senior political science and psychology double major, is the co-president of Relay for Life at the university, and said the club likes to do the Ms. Relay event because it’s a good way to get people interested.
“We thought that would be fun to put on TCU’s campus so it seems a little more interesting and a little more exciting than just doing a 12-hour walk,” Nelson said.
Bowyer and Stephens braved the windy weather for the cause. Stephens joked that he even almost got a couple phone numbers while wearing the dress.
“The wind is not working so well for the hair,” Stephens said. “But it’s all for cancer research.”
Bowyer said he volunteered because it is a good cause and, he joked, because it gave him a reason to put on a dress.
Raising Cane’s, Los Vaquero’s and Smoothie King returned this year to set up tables and provide free food and drinks for volunteers and donors.
The Relay for Life of Fort Worth, TX event will be held on April 26 at Cat’s Stadium.