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Real men wear kilts.
And Seahawks defensive end Greg Scruggs and linebacker K.J. Wright are two such kilt-donning men who make up one side of this year's "Men In Kilts" fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, which offers support to families while their seriously ill child receives medical treatment.
Scruggs and Wright are vying for votes alongside 14 other kilt-wearing groups from the Seattle community to earn the title of "2014 King of the Kilt." Each vote runs $25 and helps sponsor one night of housing for a family in need.
Former Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt has volunteered for the cause the past two seasons, but this year the third-annual event turned to the defensive side of the football that powered the blue-and-green to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Competing against Scruggs and Wright are McDonalds' Rick Peterson, Alaska Airlines' Wally Powelson, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans and retired Sounders forward Roger Levesque, The Gates Foundation's Sean Kelly, former Seattle RMHC residents Les and Leslie Hastings, Pacific Northwest Ballet's Jonathan Porretta, Sports Radio 950 KJR AM's Jerry Brewer, Ian Furness, and Jason Puckett, Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association's Mike White, Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub's Patrick McAleese, Dunn Lumber's Mike Dunn, Bungie's Jason Pate, Mark Flieg, and Forrest Soderlind, singer/songwriter Ray Dalton, jazz trumpeter Owuor Arunga, and Keith Roussu of the Seahawks' Blue Thunder and Sounders FC's Sound Wave. A limited edition calendar featuring this year's competitors will soon be available for purchase online.
As of this writing, Scruggs and Wright need your help, having tallied just one vote on the competition's first day. So hop to it, 12s.
Voting runs through Thursday, May 15, at which time the "2014 King of the Kilt" will be crowned during an end-of-campaign party at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. The "King of the Kilt" festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. PT and are open to the public (21 and over).