Ugliest Man chosen, Lions Club fundraiser success

Published 7:00 am Sunday, October 29, 2023

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The Lions Club conducted its annual Radio Day and Ugly Man competition on Oct 25. Organizers said the event was a success. The club met their fundraiser goal, and after days of online voting, Pastor John Girdley of the First Baptist Church, won the honored Ugliest Man title and will ride on the toilet throne in the local Christmas parade. 

David Lovell, President of the Lions Club, said he was happy to see such great involvement from the community. 

“It went really well,” Lovell said. “We had tremendous participation from the community. We read somewhere around 150 business ads, had donations made towards the Ugliest Man and we sold 100 Boston butts! We just want to say a big thank you to the community.”

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Lovell said Girdley was a very good sport about winning the title and that he’s excited to ride on the toilet throne.

“I am so humbled and thankful to have even been in the running with such great nominees,” Girdley said. “To win an award like this is a tremendous blessing! Thank you to the community, the Lions Club and all of those who made this another great event.”

Lovell said Radio Day is the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so meeting their goal will allow the club to aid those in need of vision assistance, such as glasses or eye exams, an important cause for the International Lions Club. The club also helps fund local organizations and individuals for various causes that benefit the community. 

The Lions Club looks forward to its next fundraiser event during the Christmas Parade, where they will be selling funnel cakes, sodas, hotdogs and hot chocolate in Confederate Park on the corner next to McFerrin’s Jewelry for those wanting a holiday treat.  

The Lions are still on the lookout to fulfill their goal of adopting 11 new members this year. Lovell said they are looking for members that have a servant’s heart and something new to add to the group, whether that is through their business or their willingness to be hands-on in all the club’s activities. 

For questions about joining the Lions Club contact President David Lovell at 382-3112 or