2016 Mr. Greater Derry seeks worthy successor to carry onBy ETHAN HOGAN
Union Leader Correspondent May 17. 2017 9:44PM
DERRY — The community-run Mister Greater Derry competition has begun accepting contestants and has changed its charity cause for this year. The second-annual event will crown a philanthropic member of the community.
Mister Greater Derry was created in the summer of 2016 to raise money for resident Joshua Bourdon’s town council campaign. The event also crowned a member of the community who regularly volunteered and raised money for charity.
Andy Day, co-owner of Cask and Vine, was crowned Mr. Greater Derry last year, and he decided to push the pageant forward.
“I took it upon myself. I’m Mister Greater Derry. I’m going to make this into an annual thing,” said Day.
The event was a spoof on beauty pageants, according to Day, who said he wants to keep the same fun energy for this year but also solidify it as an annual event that celebrates giving back.
During his year of being Mr. Greater Derry, Day said he participated in as many volunteer and fundraising opportunities as he could and helped Jason Anderson of the Barrel Brewing raise close to $6,000 for breast cancer research.
Day said that Mr. Greater Derry would be an example of an event that people could participate in to improve their communities.
“I think about what happens on a countrywide scale. For me, I know that I can make an impact in the community if I can get people to get behind it,” said Day, “They can create the world they want to live in,” said Day.
Proceeds for the event will go to the Upper Room, a family resource center in Derry that provides education and services to families in need.
Day said that being crowned Mr. Greater Derry will come with the responsibility of continuing to give back to the community by donating time and helping raise money.
This year’s Mr. Greater Derry will be decided in August but Day said residents can start nominating contestants who they feel represent the community.