Few events at Marist bring the community together; however, on Wednesday, March 29, everyone from freshmen to seniors packed the Nelly Golletti to find out who would be crowned “Mr. Marist.”
The sold out competition was hosted by Marist Student Government Association (SGA) and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. The two organizations raised $1,300 for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Senior Kate Osborne’s mother.
“Losing my mom the summer after my freshman year at Marist was the hardest thing I have ever experienced. But with the love and support of my incredible sorority sisters we decided to give back and fundraise for those who are continuing to fight the difficult battle against cancer. With the help of SGA, we came up with the idea for re-creating a senior capping project, Mr. Marist, as a way to get the whole school involved,” explained Osborne.
There were three parts of the competition between eight young men: athletic wear, talent, and interview. The young men who participated were Michael Mazzeo, Chris Glogan, Nicholas Marengo, Louis Angiolillo, Tyler Robinson, Jon Domiguez, Kenny Hipius and Joe Cafaro. There was slam poetry, scooters, and even a Steve Harvey moment when the wrong Mr. Marist was announced. The audience decided at the end of the night that Mr. Marist would be Joe Cafaro.
“I am just happy that I played a part in helping benefit the triple negative breast cancer foundation. All my friends came out to support the cause so it was just a cool moment,” Joe Cafaro comments.
Peter Najera, a current senior, came to support the cause. “This was the type of event that brings Marist students together. I liked that it wasn’t traditional, and I felt like we could bond more as a student body because of how relatable it was. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Mr. Marist was supposed to happen last fall; however, due to a variety of circumstances, the event was put off until the spring.
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