Exciting photo gallery of 2014 Jell-O Wrestling extravaganza

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If you missed the 2014 Jell-O Wrestling benefit and extravaganza for Southern AZ Aids Foundation (SAAF) on Saturday May 3, here’s a photo gallery of some of the matches, courtesy of T-Media Promotion (except for two photos as noted courtesy of the contestants). My previous post on the day after the event is here. Over $56,000 was raised at this popular event, now in it’s 27th year.

DIVA Mistress of Ceremonies Lucinda Holliday welcoming the corwd
DIVA Mistress of Ceremonies Lucinda Holliday welcoming the crowd at the Slaughterhouse
SAAF Executive Director Wendell Hicks welcoming everyone, and thanking them for supporting the work of SAAF
SAAF Executive Director Wendell Hicks welcoming everyone, and thanking them for supporting the work of SAAF

Three Divas requesting donations before the wrestling matches began
Three Divas requesting donations before the wrestling matches began

Nine wrestling matches were held and below are photos of the highlighted matches between “Mighty Mia” Hansen (of FEATsAZ fame) and Kaptain “Krunch” Kurt Tallis (of 4th Avenue fame), followed by photos of the Executive Directors of SAAF (Wendell Hicks) and Ben’s Bells (Jeannette Mare). Mia defeated Kurt according to the referee, and the match between Wendell and Jeannette ended in a tie.  The rest of us watching the jello matches purchased & ate “jello shots” of different flavored jello (with vodka or rum), and donated $ for our favorite wrestlers.

L-r:  Shawn Kaylor (Tucson Tamale Fairy), Mia Hansen, Kurt Tallis - before the wrestling match (courtesy of Mia)
L-r: Shawn Kaylor (Tucson Tamale Fairy), Mia Hansen, Kurt Tallis – before the wrestling match (courtesy of Mia)
Mia and Kurt locked back to back at the start of their match.  1 - 2 - 3 shouted the crowd.
Mia and Kurt locked back to back at the start of their match. “1 – 2 – 3” shouted the crowd.
Mia and Kurt ready to wrestle in the cold jello
Mia and Kurt ready to wrestle in the cold jello
Mia on top of Kurt, and she's winning (or so it seems)
Mia on top of Kurt, and she’s winning (or so it seems)
Mia and Kurt still friends at the end of the match
Mia and Kurt still friends at the end of the match
L-R: Wendell Hicks and Jeannette Mare, before their match, photo taken by Paul Reimer, courtesy of Wendell
L-R: Wendell Hicks and Jeannette Mare, before their match, photo taken by Paul Reimer, courtesy of Wendell
Jeannette and Wendell entering the wrestling ring. Note the red diagonal slash over Ben's Bells logo, indicating that Jeannette would no longer "be kind".
Jeannette and Wendell entering the wrestling ring. Note the red diagonal slash over Ben’s Bells logo, indicating that Jeannette would no longer “be kind”.
Neither Jeannette nor Wendell were being kind to each other
Neither Jeannette nor Wendell were being kind to each other
Water (?) being poured onto Wendell as the match continues
Water (?) being poured onto Wendell as the match continues
Wendell smiling as the match has been declared a tie by the referee
Wendell smiling as the match has been declared a tie by the referee

That’s all folks for this year. Don’t miss next year’s 28th annual jello wrestling event. And congrats to the other 14 contestants for being courageous enough to wrestle in jello:

Py Ro Blaze vs Van D. Lyzher
Neil MacDonald vs. Michelle MacDonald
Christian Biede vs. Juan Nunez
Oliver Hickman vs. Michael Wheeler
Justin Eden vs. Randy McClain
Amber Pannell vs. Kennedy Vermillion
Leslie Medeiros vs. Iris Rosado

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).