There’s something about a friendly wager that brings out the blood donors. Especially when the mayors are involved! Last summer’s East Texas MASH Bash turned out to be one of the summer’s most successful blood drives, thanks to some fighting words and a friendly bet between the mayors of Henderson, Carthage and Marshall.
Radio station owner and long-time MASH Bash supporter Jerry Hanzsen took on the 20-year-old event, using his three radio stations in the competing cities to promote the 2010 MASH Bash. Then the mayors of the three cities got in on the fun. The wager: The mayor of the losing city would do a cleanup of the winning cities, and he would present the winning mayor’s trophy, wearing ladies’ clothing and makeup.
The competition concluded with Carthage as the narrow victor, but all three towns agreed it was worth the energy, especially considering the event nearly tripled its collections from the previous year. The winning mayor did accept the trophy and Carthage’s streets were cleaned. As for the dress? A last-minute reprieve was granted. When the event happens next year, hopepfully the new winner will be as gracious. May the best city win!