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35th Annual WESA Pageant
Saturday 1st June 2024
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Pageant History
The “Miss WESA Baseball Beauty Pageant”, as it was known back in 1987, was the brainchild of three WESA Members: Mark Sullivan, Gregg Welliver, and Art Gullett; who all played on the Celebrities Nightclub baseball team 
that season. They got together to plan a league party at their new sponsor's place of business and the initial concept was to put on a simple Drag Show. But it evolved into asking each team in the league to put up a contestant to compete in a swimsuit, evening gown/talent, and skill testing question competition.  Needless to say, it was a big hit and THE  WESA PAGEANT, as it is now known (updated in 2008 to recognize that our membership represents  variety of gorgeous and diverse backgrounds), was born.

The formula was simple: each team in the league solicited a candidate to represent them in the WESA PAGEANT.  The contestant was usually a "Rookie" player to the league (however, over the years some softball players have entered multiple times trying to win the coveted title!) Contestants would participate in swimsuit competition where they would wear a Team Sash—sometimes elaborate sashes have been made by the teams to support their

candidate and promote their team sponsor. Contestants would then perform a number which was judged for originality, lip-sync, costume, and audience reaction. Three finalists would be selected to which a skill testing question asked to each to add to their point totals. The judges would tabulate final scores and select the 2nd Runner Up, a 1st Runner Up, and the Winner of the Pageant who becomes Miss / Mister / Mx WESA for the season! The only expectation is that the Winner returns the following season to perform a step-down number and help to crown the new Winner.

The original 1987 crown for Miss WESA was a cardboard creation, made by an elementary class in Surrey taught by one of the WESA members. Since then many crown creations have been crafted with some type of “softball” theme.

 

There have also been a variety of hosts for the WESA PAGEANT including a number of current and past WESA members: Sydney Malcolm, Pat King, Art Gullett, and Lance Sandover, have hosted multiple times. The original Pageant Host, Mr. Bill Monroe, hosted for several years from when the Pageant first started. Other Special Event Commissioners and local celebrity Drag Queens have also done the honours.

The WESA PAGEANT has become a major community event and WESA’s signature marquee fundraiser from what started as a simple evening of fun for some softball players.  Over the past 30+ years, the WESA Pageant has raised and donated $120,000 to approximately 30 LGBTQ2S+ community organizations and charities.

 

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And the Winner is...

Year

Crowned Miss/Mr/Mx WESA

Team Sponsor

2023

Raif L. (Naomi Wasp)

Winright Connors Law

2022

Edgar M. (Latina Turner)

Home Hardware on Davie

2021

No Pageant

N/A

2020

No Pageant

N/A

2019

Jesse C. (Miss Jessica Exotica)

Home Hardware on Davie

2018

Ed T. (Anita Luong Kwok)

Vancity D Division

2017

Colin B. (Ursula Major)

PumpJack C Division

2016

Donavyn M. (Big D)

RHB Customs Brokers

2015

Bobby C. (Hannah Jobs)

Barrette Salon

2014

Logan C. (Miss Carriage)

Celebrities Nightclub

2013

Micah G. (Shequanda Boo Boo Child)

Richardson GMP

2012

Sean G. (Nana International)

Priscilla's Restaurant

2011

Scott R. (Andromeda)

Sotheby's Realty Canada

2010

Aaron F. (Gina Talia)

Vancouver Downtown Rentals (VDR)

2009

Greg L. (Holotta Johnson)

Dahl & Connors Lawyers

2008

Shawn C. (Jenna Tail-ya)

PumpJack

2007

Michael C. (Sofonda Steam)

F212 Steam

2006

Denis L. (Susan Lucci)

Tiffany On Denman

2005

Brian D. (Anita Loan)

Vancity

2004

Aaron U. (Tragedy Ann)

F212 Steam

2003

Drew H. (So Lean)

Numbers Cabaret

2002

Ann T. (Mister Fister)

F212 Steam

2001

Guy G. (Gigi Glamour)

Davie Flight Centre

2000

Jamie S. (Ivana Bendover)

Brockton Clubhouse

1999

Keith L. (Cheerianna)

Xtra! West Newspaper

1998

John C. (Helga)

Royal Hotel

1997

Julie S. (Buster Cherry)

Little Sister's Bookstore & Art Emporium

1996

Darren B. 

Maxell Canada

1995

Jeff K. (Whoopsi Daisy)

Xtra! West Newspaper

1994

Michel M. 

Royal Hotel

1993

Wayne P. (Miss Tina)

D&R Clothing

1992

Art G. (Miss Moss)

Numbers Cabaret

1991

No Pageant

N/A

1990

Martin MC. (Martuna)

Streets Nightclub

1989

Hans L. 

Doll N Penny's Cafe

1988

Wes B.

Doll N Penny's Cafe

1987

Derek T.

Odyssey Nightclub

 

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