Local dudes tapped to ‘Look Like a Lady’ for a cause


Dr. Craig Badolato, right, and Suntree Country Club general manager Steve Lamontagne will be two of the newest men for Dude Looks Like a Lady: Men Against Domestic Violence Sept. 16.

photo by George White

Thirteen local men considered  movers and shakers in Brevard will morph into famous women celebrities during the fourth annual Dude Looks Like A Lady: Men against Domestic Violence fundraiser.

The brainchild of emcee Sheriff Wayne Ivey will be held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Radisson Resort at the Port.

Previous years’ ‘celebrities,’ appearing after introductions of the men in regular attire, featured Cher, Dolly Parton, Madea, Lady Gaga, Lucille Ball, Oprah and Sara Palin. There are no repeat celebrities allowed. 

Dudes for 2016, each pledging to raise at least $5,000, include:

  • Dr. Craig Badolato, medical oncologist
  • Steve Lamontagne, general manager, Suntree Country Club
  • Michael Cadore Sr., EFSC public safety coordinator
  • Herman Cole Jr., chairman of Parrish Medical Center board of directors
  • John Craig, pilot, JetBlue Airways
  • Rich Hensel, owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill
  • Randy Hill, territory manager, Gulfeagle Supply
  • Curt Jacobus, attorney
  • Eric LaMarr, artist
  • Jason Lande, real estate agent
  • Chad Neisler, cardiac devices sales rep, Biotronik Inc.
  • Jeff Pearson, chief of Satellite Beach Police Department
  • Wingnut, KISS 95.1

Chief of Police John Lau won for his portrayal of Edith Bunker in the Dude Looks Like a Lady: Men Against Domestic Violence last year.The popular fundraiser raised $100,000 in 2013 (10 dudes), $125,000 in 2014 (18 dudes) and $150,000 last year (12 dudes), which also is the 2016 goal, said Jenn Gould, co-event coordinator along with executive director Jenny Gessler.

“Every year we had to change locations because we had grown so much. This year, we’re in the same place as last year because there is plenty of room. It is the most highly anticipated event in Brevard County. The crowd gets up, the energy in the room, the participation… it’s just so much fun,’’ she said.

Awards are given to the Top Dude for most money raised and for Miss Congeniality for best performance as voted on by the other dudes.

The proceeds go toward Women’s Center programs, many of which help domestic abuse victims. The center has three areas of concentration; advocacy, guidance and counseling.

The public is welcome. Individual tickets for the event cost $75. For more information, call 321-242-3110 or go to WomensCenter.net.

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