Saturday, July 20, 2019
The five dashing divas were Scott Mann, John McMullen, John Shuck, Mark Kvale and Scott Perkins. Tomah dance team members who assisted were Brielle Lueck, Elizabeth Hawes, Britnee Cox, Ellie Eswein and Destinee Perry. t. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein

Diva Dash raises over $3,100 for Brighter Tomorrows

Men, we all know getting ready for a work day or a night on the town can be somewhat hectic when running late.

But as five men discovered Friday, Feb. 1, that task is always a little more of a challenge for the opposite gender.

As part of Pack the Gym night at Tomah High School, the Diva Dash took part during halftime of the Tomah versus Sparta boy's basketball game.

The event is in its eighth year and was started to raise money for Brighter Tomorrows. The agency, with an office in Tomah and Sparta, strives to create a safer personal environment for those dealing with domestic abuse and sexual assault. The Diva Dash involves five men who agree to be good sports for around 10 minutes or so. In the case Friday night, before a large crowd of rabid basketball fans from Tomah and Sparta.

Pack the Night also featured the Tomah and Sparta girls playing prior the boys game. This year's event for the first time featured divas from Sparta and Tomah. Jan Bruder of Brighter Tomorrows talked with some Sparta contacts who were willing to be involved.

Prior to Friday the divas were from the Tomah area. Sounds like another layer to the Sparta versus Tomah rivalry in the future.

Tomah divas were John Shuck (business owner) John McMullen (Tomah school board member) and Scott Mann (pastor at Gloria Dei church, Tomah. From Sparta, Mark Kvale (pastor at Trinity Lutheran church in Sparta) and Scott Perkins (former Monroe County sheriff).

Bruder and Cindy Clay staffed a table outside the Tomah high school gym. At the table, information on the Brighter Tomorrows and five buckets for each diva for fans to donate money on who they thought would win the Diva Dash.

Each contestant started at one end of the gym. They race to center court to a bag filled with women's clothing that includes the usual under garments women deal with on a daily basis.

At center court by each bag stood a Tomah dance team member to provide assistance if needed and it was needed. The winner is determined by which contestant is able to don all the clothing and get to the other end of the court.

Who made it to the other end of the court first? C'mon now. That winner is not important. The real winner was Brighter Tomorrows. The event raised $3,151.79. That includes $200 from the Tomah high school DECA student organization.



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