Our Volunteers at the 37th Annual Pun-Off

A hard-working crew of Friends of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museum volunteers made the 37th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships an outstanding success on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Several thousand people watched the contestants in Punniest of Show and PunSlingers make puns and twist words into new meanings. The Pun-Off allows the Friends to raise money for its projects and give grants to the Museums.

Janice and Alan Gee, Angero Holt and Terri Schexnayder took on the huge task of collecting, storing, sorting, and/or moving books for this year’s book sale. Auction items were solicited and collected by Janice Gee, Clay Smith, and Bert Piboin. Water, sodas, ice and refreshments were donated by Rebecca Hawener, Ev Lunning, Janice Gee, Terri Schexnayder and Clay Leben. Fletcher Clark helped setup tents on Friday. This year’s $2,888 sale earnings and crowd donations were among the best ever.

Of course, the City of Austin, PARD, museum staff put in countless hours organizing and preparing for the Pun-off under the leadership of Museum Curator Melissa Parr and 24-year veteran Pun-Off Producer Gary HallockIts all about “Jest for a Wordy Cause.”  Gallery pictures by Clay Leben. Thank you to everybody who helped make the 2014 Pun-Off Austintatious! Read more at

Pun-Off 2014

Mostly volunteers

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Chris and Enid Hallock, Gary's wife and Mother, support Gary's passion for the Pun-Off every year.
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Rebecca at the Friends' membership table.
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The book sale is a popular part of the Pun-Off. It just takes a lot of volunteer work to organize.
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Bao and Jena sell the 2014 Pun-Off t-shirt which raises money for the museum.
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The sight lines for the stage allow everyone to sit in the shade.
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Punniest of Show judge panel (L to R) Jim Ertner, Dr. Kagel, Alan Combs, and Bryan Wilson, 2014 Punster of the Year
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Contestant registration crew organized by Julia and Andy Balinsky.
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Friends board members Terri and Bert at the membership table.
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The incredible hard-working book sale volunteer crew Janice and Alan Gee and Angero Holt.
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Clay Leben records the entire Pun-Off on video for Internet play back.
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The 2014 Punniest of Show winners (L to R) Andy Balinsky, 3rd place, Alexandra Petri, 1st place, and Ben Ziek, 2nd place.

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