When trying to win a costume contest that requires voting, it helps to have friends.
And fliers. And Facebook. And access to a buildingwide newsletter.
Deb Outwater, a physician at Wesley Care Family Medicine, won The Wichita Eagle’s costume contest, which asked seven local celebrities to come up with a Halloween disguise on the cheap and within 24 hours.
Outwater transformed herself into Princess Fiona from “Shrek” using a purple lace-up-the-back gown she snagged for $9.98 at a local thrift store paired with a green shirt and matching Croc shoes she already had. Green face paint and an inexpensive Fiona wig from an online party store completed her look.
Outwater said that shortly after the contest showed up online, fliers went up around Wesley with Outwater’s photo on them and information about how to vote. Hospital staff members also linked to the contest on the Wesley Facebook page and mentioned it in its “daily briefing” newsletter.
“There was a big Wesley push,” she said.
Outwater said she’ll donate the $500 prize to Turn a Page, Touch a Mind, an early literacy program.