While the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Whitman College develop an ongoing working relationship with Lincoln High School, they plan to benefit the LHS Health Center through a men’s pageant at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman campus.

Whitman student and creative coordinator Jackie Greisen said all proceeds from the 15th annual Mr. Whitman fundraiser will go to the center. Whitman contestants are currently raising funds for this benefit.

Since its inception in 2002, the tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant has raised money for charitable causes in Walla Walla and around the world and has brought in close to a quarter-million dollars, according to whitman.edu.

Jackie said for the first time in Whitman’s history, a group of students invited Lincoln High School students to the college for a workshop on soft skills and life after high school. Lincoln’s principal agreed to cancel classes at the high school on Oct. 17 so the kids can participate.

“Kappas are donating their time to get to know Lincoln students, and are so excited to help introduce them to skills that could advance their skills during and after high school,” Jackie said.

Kappas invited other campus groups to be involved in the event.

Mr. Whitman fundraisers in the past have raised up to $49,000. “This is the first year the group putting on the fundraiser has made such an effort to form a strong, nurturing relationship that they hope to continue after the fundraiser has ended,” Jackie said in a release.

Mr. Whitman funds will go directly to hiring a mental health professional directed at helping homeless kids and young mothers at Lincoln.

Donations may be made directly to the campaign at ubne.ws/2dyBXXe and checks may be made out to “The Health Center,” c/o Nora Leitch, 280 Boyer Ave. Walla Walla. Every dollar goes back into the community, Jackie said.

In addition, there will be a free screening at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 of the documentary “Paper Tigers” at Reid Campus Center ballroom at Whitman.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,