2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Annual St. Louis Phatt BoyZ contest.
What started originally as a weight loss contest among a group of modestly inflated middle aged men has now turned into an annual tradition for the benefit of CRUDEM.
The contest is simple. It begins in January with the posting of an entry fee and an initial weigh-in at the Man Room of Pete and Wendy McGowan and ends Memorial Day weekend. Mandatory weigh-ins are held the first of every month and those who lose weight accrue a little money back.
Those who gain weight (or miss a weigh-in) are charged more severe financial penalties. The contest is overseen by a clandestine group known only as The Secret and Benevolent Council. Amazingly, they tend to make their wishes known only through their spokesman, Mr. McGowan. Results are posted publicly every month and the winner is announced at the Memorial Day weigh-in and BBQ. Half of the prize pool is allocated to the winner and half is donated to CRUDEM.
It seems rather simple, but almost five months can seem like an eternity to some people. This year there were 25 brave souls who competed in the contest and another group of non-combatants who simply chose to make a contribution to CRUDEM and join in the final celebration. In total, the group lost 342 lbs or an average of 6% of their body weight.
This year’s winner was Randy Hansen, a repeat winner at that, who lost a staggering 41 lbs, and no, he did not donate any organs.
As a result of this year’s efforts, and Randy’s willingness to donate his winnings, CRUDEM received a contribution of $1,943 from the Phatt BoyZ.Over the years, the Phatt BoyZ have lost more than 2,700 lbs (at least temporarily) and created a legacy of loyal CRUDEM supporters. And while The Secret and Benevolent Council may be the masters of the universe, the inspiration lies with the enthusiastic Phatt Boyz and Wendy McGowan’s patience with the traffic in and out of the Man Room.
The CRUDEM Foundation thanks the McGowans and all of the Phatt BoyZ who continue to need an annual reminder to stay slim!