Women’s Group Launches Gentleman of the Year Contest for College and Under 30 Gentlemen

January 31, 2019

CONTACT: Kathryn Hopper, Communications Manager
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January 31, 2019


WASHINGTON, DC — A Gillette advertisement inferring that most men in America are not the best they can be has sparked debate throughout the media and our society about masculinity and the role of men in society. In response, Égard Watch Company released a video sharing a different perspective that men are heroes, protectors, and even vulnerable. For the ninth year, the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) is proud to host The Gentlemen Showcase, a contest that highlights and honors the gentlemen on college campuses and in communities across the country.

Tomorrow, February 1, the 2019 Gentlemen Showcase will begin accepting nominations for the contest to find America’s top College and Under 30 gentlemen. In the Showcase, men are nominated and compete for the title and the honor of designating a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice. This year’s Gentlemen Showcase is sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Kendra Scott of Georgetown, Splintered Thought, Vineyard Vines, and Virginia Table Company.

During Valentine’s Day, and throughout the month of February, NeW hosts The Gentlemen Showcase to recognize, honor, and encourage gentlemen across America. In 2018, more than 100 young men were nominated in the College and Under 30 categories. Men were nominated from top schools, including American University, Clemson University, Colorado Christian University, Cornell University, Florida State University, George Washington University, Harvard College, Penn State, University of Kansas, University of Virginia, and Washington & Lee University. The gentlemen chose various charities to support, such as The American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, The Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Toys for Tots.

The Showcase promotes mutual respect between the sexes at a time when we need it more than ever.

“The Gentlemen Showcase gives America the opportunity to recognize young men across the country who possess a strong character. At a time when we are having a national discussion about how women are treated in the workplace and relationships, this contest adds an important element by showcasing men who respect women and demonstrate kindness to all,” said Karin Lips, President of NeW. NeW encourages equality and mutual respect between men and women. By praising gentlemen, we hope to inspire more of them.”

Ethan Van Buskirk, a student at Colorado Christian University and the 2018 winner in the College Category, said this about being a gentleman:

“To be a gentleman in America today means to honor and respect all those around you, no matter how different they are from you…It means being genuine.”

For information about the 2019 Gentlemen Showcase, please visit The Gentlemen Showcase website.

The Network of enlightened Women is the nation’s premier organization for conservative university women. NeW educates young women on conservative principles, cultivates a community in which to discuss and strengthen these principles, and emboldens young women to speak out on campus and in their communities. NeW is identifying and educating the next generation of women leaders. In addition to campus and young professional chapters, NeW hosts an annual National Conference, hosts professional development events, and nationally serves as a voice for conservative women.


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