Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza


I’ve been publicizing this wild sounding jello event for several years at, but never dared to attend.  However, this is the year to go –especially because I know two Tucson friends who will be wrestling at this extravaganza, raising funds for Southern Az Aids Foundation.  See information below for these mystery (or mysterious) friends.


The two mystery friends facing off in the ring are none other than shorter-than-me Mia Hansen, former E.D. of Tucson Meet Yourself and now with FEATsAZ, and the tall guy of 4th Avenue, Kurt Tallis, FAMA’s  marketing director. Is this Davida vs. Goliath or what? Can’t wait to watch this match of the year (century?) in the cold, gooey, wet, jello wrestling ring between Mighty Mia and Kaptain “Krunch” Kurt. If you want to donate, go to their fund raising page: Goal is $3000, and to date she’s raised $2,065, almost there.

And here’s a photo courtesy of Mia, of the two contestants fully clothed  in aloha wear:

L to R: Kurt Tallis aka Kaptain "Krunch" Kurt , and Mia Hansen aka "Mighty Mia"
L to R: Kurt Tallis aka Kaptain “Krunch” Kurt , and Mia Hansen aka “Mighty Mia”

Don’t forget to get your tickets for this Jell-o Extravaganza, $20 advance, $25 at the door.


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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. It was a wild, wet night of jello wrestling with 9 teams (of 2 each), lots of singing DIVAS, jello shots, and a live auction of art, food, trips. Some lucky raffle winner won 2 tickets to see Britney Spears in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. Did Mia beat Kurt? Stay tuned for a post later today, hopefully with a graphic photo gallery.

  2. Mighty Mia saying thanks Carolyn for your support…and I am going to bury Kaptain Krunch Kurt in Jell-O tomorrow! It’s all in gooey good fun to support SAAF. Thanks to all who have already contributed – there’s still time! The more you give, the more Jell-O punishment I will give Kaptain Kurt.

    • Mia, is the jello edible? Someone asked me last night. See you today and my bet’s on you to win the match of the century. Ha ha.

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