Naked men help triathlete

With the help of plenty of liquid courage, a group of Penticton men bared it all in front of a full house at the Barking Parrot Wednesday night.

The second annual charity Men in Underwear fashion show organized by Okanoggin Barbers was raising money for local triathlete Jen Annett.

“We chose to work with Jen because she’s a local athlete, seventh in the world and the fastest woman on a bike right now,” said organizer Peter Beauchamp.

Annett is working to get to this year’s Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii, which requires multiple races around the globe.

Beauchamp called the costs associated with travelling for athletics are “outrageous.”

“We have this woman who is on the map and putting Penticton on the map, and we thought it was time to stand behind her and give her some support and financial help.”

The Men in Underwear fashion show started on a whim as a fundraiser for Discovery House and JCI Penticton last year. After a sold-out first year, needless to say there was an appetite for a sequel. 

“We had so many people asking us if we were going to do another one, so we had the opportunity and thought this is a great way to make a pile of cash for Jen,” Beauchamp said.

“It's a good way to bring everyone together from all walks of our community.”

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