Some people slave away at the gym to tone their legs up for the summertime. Some diet, and some don’t care.  At “Mr. Legs VII,” Generations Hall was filled on July 14 with legs of all shapes and sizes because it was a fund-raiser that poked fun at typical beauty contests.

All the contestants were men who, in addition to devising fabulous costumes, competed against each other to raise the most money in donations for Bridge House. Mike Hammer—clad in a Sen. David Vitter costume—raised the most money and was crowned “Mr. Legs.” Runners up were Mark Morice and James Cusimano. Steve Karns won “Best Costume” for his rendition of Gov. Kathleen Blanco, while other whimsical awards included “Skinniest Legs,” John Moran; “Knobbiest Knees,” Will Labauve; and “Sexiest Legs,” James Cruse.

Attracting around 900 guests, the party also featured food and drink from more than 30 restaurants, a fashion show by ABOUTFACES MTM, a raffle for a 1986 Porsche 944 Coupe, and a silent auction. WWL-TV’s Lucy Bustamante and Eric Paulsen served as the emcees and honorary “Chairlegs” of the event. Groovy 7 performed music. The money raised at the event benefits the Bridge House, which offers long-term residential substance-abuse treatment for men over the age of 18.

Strutting their StuffEmcees and honorary “Chairlegs” Lucy Bustamante and Eric Paulsen

Strutting their StuffAnna Alford Nelson, Krystal Boothe and Laura Otis

Strutting their StuffWendell Bullock, Mark Morice and Mike Perlstein

Strutting their StuffJerry Christopher, Mike Hammer and Stan Ripp

Strutting their StuffDePaul Smith and Chef Ed Rhinehart

Strutting their Stuff
Bret Freehling, Steve Karns and Dennis O’Hara
Bret Freehling, Steve Karns and Dennis O’Hara