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UK grad hopes to win Excedrin contest, use proceeds for good

Walt Arnett shot a video using his own green screen for special effects and has become a finalist in a $150,000 Excedrin contest.
Walt Arnett shot a video using his own green screen for special effects and has become a finalist in a $150,000 Excedrin contest. Submitted

Walt Arnett wasn't really keen on dressing up like a woman, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

In order to strike just the right comic tone, and possibly win $150,000, Arnett donned a blonde wig and short skirt to play his own girlfriend in what he hopes will be an award-winning video in a contest sponsored by Excedrin.

He's one of three finalists in the national "What's Your Headache?" competition. The deadline to vote on Facebook is Sunday at Facebook.com/excedrin.

For the video, Arnett wrote a ditty about what causes him headaches. With the help of a green screen he set up in his apartment, he plays not only his girlfriend but his son and his boss.

If he wins, the 29-year-old Lexingtonian hopes to use the money to fund a nonprofit to put on three-point shooting contests for charity. He held one last fall that made $600 for Kentucky Children's Hospital.

In an essay for the Excedrin contest, Arnett, who works in IT at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, said he's living in a one-bedroom apartment saving to start a nonprofit rather than saving for a down payment for a house.

The UK graduate has long been interested in starting a charity and has invested other winnings, like the $3,000 he won from a tax service, into equipment such as basketballs. (Among his other big wins, a trip to Costa Rica and a year's supply of coffee from Dunkin Donuts.)

In his loftiest dreams he'd love to organize a three-point contest that capitalizes on the University of Louisville vs. UK basketball rivalry much like the annual blood drive between UK and the University of Tennessee.

But, for now, he's just hoping to get enough votes to come in first after being inspired by the work others do at the hospital.

"There are a lot of people in need and I am sitting here not doing anything," he said. "I need to get out there and do something and quit being a selfish bystander."

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