The Union Recorder

March 3, 2010

Annual Kiss a Pig contest under way

Jonathan Jackson
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — A new group of potential pig-smoochers has been named and are ready to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Club. The participant who raises the most money over the next few weeks will win the — privilege — of puckering up and kissing a real, live pig. The fundraiser is all in good fun and raises thousands for the Boys and Girls Club annually.

Kiss a Pig chair Revel Pogue has been at the helm of the popular fundraiser for 15 years and said that though the totals have fluctuated, the popularity of the fundraiser has increased over time.

“We’ve brought in as little as $2,500 to as much as $13,000,” Pogue said. “It has grown more popular each year ,and we are just so happy that in these economic times people are giving.”

Boys and Girls Club director Paul Bernard said the winner will be determined by the amount of money raised.

“Whoever has the most ‘bacon’ at the end, wins,” he said.

Participants raise the money themselves, and the donations symbolize votes on a graduated scale. One to nine dollars equates to $1 per vote, while $10 buys 15, $25 buys 40, $50 buys 85 and $100 buys 200 votes.

This year’s participants are Digital Bridges’ Heather Holder, Bill Jones with Magnolia State Bank, Bruno Jones with Exchange Bank, Ron Wiegle with SunTrust Bank and Quana Falkenberg with Georgia Power.

“Our pig is coming from Janet Paradise,” Pogue said. “This fundraiser is always so much fun.”

Bernard said that with five, rather than just four contestants, the group may raise even more funds than usual.

“We have five contestants to try and get more ‘bacon’ this year,” Bernard said. “We are hoping to raise $6,000 or more.”

To help one of the lucky contestants in their quest to cozy up to some swine, readers should contact the contestant of choice and make a generous donation.