Today marks the last day for nominations and voting for the 2011 NeW Gentlemen’s Showcase. Tonight at midnight, the NeW Gentlemen of the Year title will be claimed by the nomination that receives the most votes.
“We’re focusing on the positive things men are doing while making sure gentlemen don’t become an endangered species,” said Karin Agness, the founder and president of NeW, a national group that promotes education and leadership skills among culturally conservative women.
Jimmy Ragland, a contender from the University of Florida with 83 “likes” on Facebook, was nominated for thoughtful acts like leaving a sunflower on his girlfriend’s scooter or bringing her colored pencils for an art exam. Adam Hall, a nominee from Kansas State University was nominated by his girlfriend Shelby Danielsen for being “a true gentleman.” Danielson wrote, “He treats women with respect by opening doors, making sure they are back in their apartments safely and giving them flowers on a bad day.”
“I didn’t tell Bryant about his nomination before I submitted it because he is so modest and I wanted to surprise him with my heartfelt thank you for his chivalry,” Richardson told ABCNews.com.
“I didn’t really think about … being honored for being a gentleman, I had always assumed this behavior was right and expected of men,” said Condrey, a government major at Patrick Henry College.
He says the showcase is a great conversation-starter about chivalry as it exists — or doesn’t exist — in today’s culture.
With a little over 12 hours left to vote, about 100 votes separates the two gentlemen in the lead-Matt Smalbach and Bryant Condrey. Who will win? Vote today for your favorite gentlemen!