The Hippo


Dec 6, 2019








Mr. Concord Pageant

When: Friday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord
Cost: $50 per person (tickets can be purchased at Bravo Boutique, 38 N. Main St., Concord, or by calling 731-6991)

And the winner is...
Mr. Concord to be crowned at inaugural pageant

By Matt Ingersoll

 Eight community members from New Hampshire’s Capital City have been nominated for the title of “Mr. Concord,” but only one will receive the crown at the first annual Mr. Concord Pageant on Friday, Nov. 18.

“It should be a fun, light-hearted event for such a wonderful cause,” said Mary McGahan, president of the GFWC Concord Contemporary Club, which is presenting the pageant. 
All proceeds will benefit domestic violence and human trafficking prevention programs at the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire.
“We’re hoping that this will become our No. 1 fundraiser,” McGahan said.
The eight contestants who will take the stage at the pageant are either Concord natives or prominent and active community members. They are Timothy Sink, president of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce; Jim Bouley, the city’s mayor; Bob Tewksbury, a Concord native and former Major League Baseball pitcher and mental skills coordinator for the Boston Red Sox; Lt. John Thomas of the Concord Police Department; Rich Spaulding, a retired New Hampshire state trooper; Tom Raffio, president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental; Chris Brown, president and owner of the Concord-based New Hampshire Distributors; and John “Cimo” Cimikoski, owner of Cimo’s South End Deli and an ardent supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire.
Concord Monitor reporter Allie Morris, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Steve Duprey, and current Miss New Hampshire Caroline Carter will serve as the pageant’s judges.
“One of the main reasons we chose the people that we did to be the contestants is that most of them are well-known in the community and they do a lot,” McGahan said, “and I’m sure they are going to have a concern for the cause and help get the word out there [about domestic violence prevention].”
The pageant will begin with WMUR reporter Adam Sexton introducing each of the contestants and Tim Patoine of A Goodtime DJs providing background music.
“We’ll have a short information session about human trafficking prevention from the Crisis Center,” McGahan said. “There will also be a talent section in which each contestant has a funny little talent to make the audience laugh.”
McGahan said each contestant will be giving something to auction off during the pageant, followed by a short question-and-answer period with Sexton.
“We’re thinking that one of the questions we’d like to have [the judges] ask is how they feel they can help get the word out about the human trafficking issue,” she said. “We thought we’d also ask them what they might do to promote their title of ‘Mr. Concord’ and how they would proceed under that title … and then also just an individual question to make the audience laugh, something funny that relates to them.”
Items to be auctioned off include a gift certificate for a wine tasting at Black Bear Vineyards in Salisbury, a hotel stay at the Grappone Center, a gift certificate for skiing at Waterville Valley Resort, tickets to New Hampshire Motor Speedway events and more. McGahan said the crowning of Mr. Concord is expected to take place around or a little after 9 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased individually or in groups of up to eight per table, McGahan said.
“We welcome all businesses to buy tables for employees and if somebody wants to bring a family member who they think will enjoy it, they definitely can do so,” she said.

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