WESTFIELD STATE HOSTS ANNUAL MR. WESTFIELD COMPETITION
Westfield State University will host its sixth annual Mr. Westfield pageant on Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall. Mr. Westfield is organized by the Class of 2017 Council and the Class of 2019 Council. The event is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Mr. Westfield is a pageant featuring some of the young men of Westfield State. During the pageant, the contestants will compete in a variety of different categories including celebrity impersonations, talent, formal wear, and question and answer. After being judged, awards will be given out to the contestants in the categories Mr. Fundraiser, Mr. Fan Favorite, Mr. Congeniality, and Mr. Westfield.
For the first time, a woman will be competing in the Mr. Westfield competition. Taylor Powers will be competing against the men for the title and crown. When asked about the decision to let a woman compete, Andrew Morin ’17 of Clinton, Mass said, “This is the first year that a female interviewed and because her qualifications were comparable to what we look for in contestants, we brought her on.”
Each year, there are contestants from each class of Westfield State as well as select resident halls. This year’s contestants include Devin Bates ’18 of Royalston, Mass.; Ben Cavaliere ’17 of Westborough, Mass., Jose Cordova ’20 of Northampton, Mass.; Tyshaun Davis ’17 of Springfield, Mass.; Daniel Gavin ’17 of Westwood, Mass.; Taylor Powers ’19 of Peru, Mass; and Emmett Witherspoon ’18 of Springfield, Mass. Each contestant has been fundraising throughout the year.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for children with a life-threatening illnesses. On average, every 35 minutes, a wish comes true for a child; however, whenever one child receives a wish, another child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is made possible by the tens of thousands of donors and supporters who work with them. More than 270,000 wishes have been granted by this organization since 1980.
Since 2011, Mr. Westfield has raised $38,200 and has made wishes come true for children. Last year, Mr. Westfield raised $10,200. Each wish granted costs $7,500. This year, the event organizers hope to raise at least $7,500 to grant one wish. Mr. Westfield has led to many wishes coming true for children. A past pageant at Westfield State granted a child’s wish to go to Disney World, which was fully funded by the Mr. Westfield event.
Andrew Morin said the event is very rewarding. “This event is so important to the university because it supports such a great cause. There is no greater feeling than when we hear what kinds of wishes our program is granting for the children in the Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island program.”
Mr. Westfield is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door and are $2 for students and $5 for the general public. Ticket proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.