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SAN ANGELO–The nursery rhyme, "This little piggy went to market; this little piggy stayed home; this little piggy had roast beef; this little piggy had none; and this little piggy went wee, wee, wee, all the way home!"

In the case of one little piglet, named Polka Dot, her trip to the market place got a detour as she ended up at a senior retirement home as part of a contest called, "Kiss the Pig."


The Springs Memory Care, located at 6102 Grand Court Road, held its second annual KTP contest. The winner of this year's contest was Mark Eaton, Maintenance Director, who was crowned, "Kiss the Pig" champion.

Eaton beat out five other of his management colleages: Kristin Gaitan, Resident Services Director, Jessica Wilder, Marketing Director,  Courtney Sartain, Resident Care Director and Mark Limeones, Food Services Director. Last year Pauline Norwood, Executive Director won the first contest; the animal she kissed was a goat. Norwood came in last place this time around. 

Kristen stated that the criteria for Easton was to "kiss the pig on the lips". However when it actually came time for the actual act to occur, Polka Dot, a two-year-old family pet, was not in the mood. So Mark was only able to kiss the back of her neck as she was scared stiff from all the attention of approximately 70 residents, including staff, to view the human-to-pig kiss-off.

Eaton and all the other participants who had photos taped on their jars was declared the winner based on the most money that was placed in his "piggy" jar, $127.00. 

"All the funds for this event will go toward the Alzheimer's Association," Gaitan said. The total amount raised for AA was $189.00. 

Gaitan, stated that people don't realize how many people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer and dementia,  "we all need to come together and donate to the Association so we can find a cure," she concluded.