Mr. Irish raises $40k for Children's Miracle Network

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Even before the 22nd annual Mr. Irish Pageant started Saturday night, coordinator Elizabeth Laing said Sheldon High School met its $40,000 goal to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

      Ten male contestants, with their female coordinators, will be competing for the title of Mr. Irish at this year's event held in the Sheldon High School auditorium at 7 p.m.

      While there were 18 other high schools holding similar "Mister" pageants around the month of March, it all started at Sheldon High School 22 years ago.

      "The kids, even though it's a very serious situation, have a lot of fun with it," said Mr. Irish Pageant advisor Julia Girod.

      Judges from around Eugene will be evaluating the contestants on creativity, stage presence and originality among other categories. A Mr. Irish Congeniality will also be chosen, by a vote of their peers.

      Julia Girod said those interested in contributing to the Children's Miracle Network could still do so by sending her an email. You can also send donations to Sheldon High School directly, attention Mr. Irish. She said all donations would make it to the Children's Miracle Network.