‘Big Man’ pageant raises $2,000

UTM’s Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) Chapter hosted its annual male pageant “Big Man on Campus” April 19 and raised more than $2,000 for breast cancer awareness and education.

Taking the male pageant’s top two honors, Mr. Charitable and Big Man on Campus, were Ryan Leatherbarrow and John Lawson Keeton, respectively.

Leatherbarrow, a Management major from Smyrna, was sponsored by Chi Omega sorority. The recently elected SGA vice president won the title of Mr. Charitable as the participant to raise the most funds and spread the most awareness about breast cancer.

Keeton, a Veterinary Health Technology major from Bath Springs, took the overall “Big Man” title by being the participant who scored the most points in the opening number, swimwear round, talent, formal wear and on-stage interview. Keaton is a senior and member of Kappa Alpha Order.

Each year, ZTA members work hard in preparation to host the annual Big Man on Campus event. The 2016 event marked the Delta Mu chapter’s fifth year of raising funds and awareness.

The event is a male pageant competition where contestants from different UTM organizations compete in an opening number, swimwear round, talent, formal wear round, and an on-stage interview. These men, who are chosen as representatives for their organizations, put in time, effort, and dedication. With support from their sponsored organizations, and ZTA coaches, these men make a difference for breast cancer research and awareness.

“Tonight has been a huge success for Zeta Tau Alpha,” said Marena Locke, director of philanthropy. “Everyone seems to have had a lot fun, and we’re super excited to have Ryan Leatherbarrow as our 2016 Mr. Charitable, and  John Lawson Keeton as our 2016 Mr. Big Man on Campus.”


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