By Sarah Pride, with reporting by Gracy Howard (PHC Herald, 3/25/11)
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College junior Bryant Condrey has been named Gentleman of the Year by the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), an organization for culturally conservative women.
Junior Bryant Condrey, candidate for "Gentleman of the Year," and his girlfriend, Alyssa
The slideshow of Condrey presenting his girlfriend with roses, gallantly leading her in a formal dance, and even picking her up in a horse and carriage hovers was featured on Facebook and undoubtedly boosted his vote count. Reports an ABC News story:
Blayne Bennett, an ASU alumni and the 2010 vice president of ASU's NeW chapter helped spearhead NeW's first Gentlemen's Showcase.
"I was so often hearing women say, 'There are no good men out there,' and I started to think, 'Why are women saying good men don't exist? I know a ton of great guys.' So our chapter of NeW decided we wanted to do something that would highlight the good guys," said Bennett.
The PHC campus first heard of the contest when the founder of NeW, Karen Agness, visited the College for a coffeehouse lecture on Wednesday, March 23. Senior Susanna Foote, who had come to know Agness through events hosted by the Heritage Foundation, invited her to come speak. Around 40-50 people attended the coffeehouse, in which Agness shared advice and insight on femininity and leadership, encouraging civic activism, starting and building an organization, balancing commitments in school, and building up the gentlemen whom women know.
“NeW gives more girls confidence to have conversations that are counter-cultural to the people they know,” says Foote, who has started to build a mentorship relationship with Agness, and who hopes to foster similar relationships between PHC alumni and students after she graduates in May.
At that time of the coffeehouse, Condrey had already been nominated for the Gentleman of the Year contest by his girlfriend, without his knowledge. PHC students, enjoying the idea, began to pass the link to the video around on Facebook. Soon, he rose as a contender for the award.