Monday, February 14, 2011 , Updated 6:25 p.m., May 22, 2011
UPDATEDx2: New Dallas event finds “perfect” man in Dallas
Will Dallas get behind this idea that there's one perfect guy who is involved in his community and supports charities?
DALLAS Wanted: One man who embodies community involvement, personality, intelligence, and fitness. No, this is not an ad from Match.com; it is the premise for the new event One Man Dallas. Founded by Scott Mayer and initiated in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2009, this event has been presented in Chicago and now Dallas.
Beginning Wednesday, the public can go online and nominate eligible men to be selected as semi-finalists. The field for the "one" man with all the right traits will be narrowed to 20 people, with the winner chosen on May 19. One lucky man who fulfills the "One Man" description will be given $5,000 to share with the charity he represents.
In an on air interview with MSNBC, Mayer asserted that the idea of One Man Project was spurned by the disproportionate number of women volunteers versus men, which is about 5-to-1.
"By creating an event that spotlights 20 great guys who are doing great things in the community, other young men can be motivated to get involved in charity and civic projects,” Mayer says in an email interview. While the idea is an inspiring concept, there is an age limit (24-44 years old) and physical fitness requirement that some might question. Mayer responds: "Research demonstrates that 24–44 is also the age range at which most men are open to new volunteer opportunities." And, he writes, "...fitness is not about who can bench-press the most weight. Being fit is about having a healthy lifestyle that encompasses not only looking good but feeling good and projecting a positive outlook." Beyond the physical, the participants selected for One Man Dallas must be affiliated with a charity.
The idea is interesting, but will DFW be as welcoming to the concept of spotlighting men in the community as Minneapolis or Chicago was? Jiles King, an educator, actor, writer, and producer has a positive take on the impending event. "I think this is noble. It is a way to highlight those doing positive things in the community," he said.
There remains a question of motives, as Carlton Odom, CEO of Creative South notes. “You will have to do a little detective work. Often times an event, which seems to be about a charity or have an altruistic motive, is simply a way for a business or product line to promote themselves,” he said. There are in fact quite a few high-profile sponsors for this event. The One Man Project itself is a non-profit.
Mayer insists that the end justifies the event. “The ultimate goal of One Man Dallas is to encourage more men to volunteer with charitable organizations and engage in community and entrepreneurial projects that make our communities better places to live and work. Ultimately, the One Man Project hopes to encourage men in communities across the country to volunteer and engage in their community,” he said in an email.
Who will be that One Man Dallas? And will we care?
UPDATE: The Top 20 finalists for One Man Dallas have been chosen. They are:
- Karl Chiao: Dallas Summer Musicals
- Asad Dean, M.D.: Suicide & Crisis Center
- Jason Friedman: Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association
- Daniel Hernandez: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- Joseph Hernandez: Habitat for Humanity
- Robert Ivey III: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
- Loren Koziol: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
- Raul Magdaleno: Hispanic Youth Institute
- Terrance Maiden: Two-Wins Foundation
- Matt McCallister: Meals on Wheels Fort Worth
- Mark A. Melton: Big Thought
- Charlie Morris: Promise House
- Paul Panza: KIPP Dallas
- Mitch Paradise: Friends of the Dallas Police
- Christopher Ryan: Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Ron Thompson: Sammons Center for the Arts
- Christopher Trowbridge: Boys and Girls Club Greater Dallas
- Abe Turner: North Texas Food Bank
- Steven Weir: Legacy Counseling Center
- Marcus Walther: Communities In Schools Dallas Region
Now, were we picking solely based on names of the applicants, Mitch Paradise would be a definite winner. Also of note, Daniel Hernandez is the captain of FC Dallas. But we digress.
Vote online from April 12 to May 15 for the man you think should win. You can also meet them at four happy hour events (ooh la la!):
- April 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Park Place Mercedes Benz
- April 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Nest Dallas, 4524 McKinney Avenue
- May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at The Boardroom Salon
- May 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Aloft Dallas Downtown
Each of the semifinalists will attend an event on May 19 with live entertainment. Five finalists will be chosen, and they will answer a pop culture quiz, undergo a "style segment," and have an informal interview. One winner will be selected.
UPDATE x2: Raul Magdaleno was selected as One Man Dallas. Magdaleno represents the Hispanic Youth Institute. He was given $5,000 to split with the Hispanic Youth Institute and two first class American Airlines tickets. His charity will also receive a year's supply of smartwater, 30% of ticket proceeds from the One Man Dallas event, and 5% of sales from one of Whole Foods' Community Days.
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