So, what leader in our community was dressed as a woman for a good cause?

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Chief Chrisman.
Chief Chrisman undergoing the make-up application.

Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman was revealed this past Friday as the mystery man who donned glue-on nails and eyelashes, jewelry, a wig and a pink dress to help raise money for a local nonprofit that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities.

More than 100 people supported by Journeys in Community Living along with supporters of the organization showed up at The Warehouse Friday night to celebrate the organization's 2014 Fall Social and Sponsor Appreciation Event and to see who dressed up as country music legend Dolly Parton to help raise money for the nonprofit via its first-ever "Guess Who Contest".

Journeys hosted the contest in the weeks leading up to the fall event, giving out clues through local media and its own Web site about the true identity of the person dressed as Dolly! Contest participants were then directed to Journeys' Web site to enter their guess while also making a $5 donation.


The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro donated space in its dressing room to Journeys and its supporters Pam Randolph and Peggy Moore, the two make-up artists who transformed Chrisman into Dolly.

Community member Meagan Flippin was named the winner of Journeys' contest at the Friday event, as she correctly guessed that it was Chrisman behind the Dolly facade.


Seven other people also guessed Chrisman's identity correctly, but Flippin's name was drawn as the winner at the event. Flippin will receive an autographed copy of Backwoods Barbie, a Dolly Parton cookbook and classic photograph of Dolly.

Journeys' Executive Director Betty McNeely said Chrisman showed that he most assuredly has the heart of a true public servant by donating his valuable time and public image to help benefit the nonprofit organization, which has served people with intellectual disabilities for more than 30 years.

"Chief Chrisman was such a good sport about this whole thing," she said. "He is truly a class act."

Development coordinator Mark Bell proclaimed the event a success "thanks to the involvement of so many wonderful community members and entities, including Chief Chrisman; Becky and Steve Lanham (The Warehouse owners); Journeys' fundraising committee; Moore and Randolph; and The Center for the Arts."

Bell noted that Journeys "well-exceeded" its goal of raising $5,000 through the event, and that Journeys' fundraising committee is already brainstorming candidates for next year's mystery guest.

"We hope this will be something our community looks forward to participating in yearly!" Bell said. "We had a lot of fun with this contest!"


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