Man makes like mannequin for charity


In this photo, provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Gregg McGrady, left, chats with onlookers Saturday while living inside a window display for 57 hours at the Fast Buck Freddie's department store in Key West.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
KEY WEST - A Key West resident campaigning to become king of the island's Fantasy Fest celebration will complete 57 hours of living in a department store display window on Sunday.
Gregg McGrady, 41, entered the window of the Fast Buck Freddie's boutique department store Friday morning to begin the stunt, perhaps one of the most unusual gimmicks ever concocted for the annual king and queen competition.
For a donation, supporters and spectators can join McGrady in the street-facing window for meals, cocktails or chats with onlookers.
Respective crowns go to contenders who raise the most money for AIDS Help.
"I kind of feel like a goldfish in here, but it's all for a good cause," McGrady said.
In-window guests have already included a group of women from Wisconsin who extolled the virtues of Wisconsin cheese to people walking past.
A costumed clown entertained window shoppers by making balloon animals, and an area hotel sent a girl dressed as a giant chocolate chip cookie to sell cookies in front of the window to benefit fundraising.
The outrageous Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival is scheduled for Oct. 20-29. Since 1989, Fantasy Fest king and queen contests have amassed about $2.25 million for the Florida Keys-based AIDS Help.
A camera is broadcasting McGrady's public display on his Web site, where online donations are being accepted.

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