Hobart and William Smith’s Habitat for Humanity student group hosted the annual Mr. Hobart competition last weekend with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the Ontario County Chapter of the organization. Danny Hastings ’16 took home the title of Mr. Hobart and Matthew Skinner ’17 was named Mr. Congeniality.
The event, which took place in a packed Albright Auditorium, raised $708 which will cover the cost of an essential kitchen appliance in a Habitat for Humanity home, such as a refrigerator or stove. Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit dedicated to building homes and communities for those in need.
“In the past five years this event has raised $8,420 for the Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County chapter,” says HWS Habitat for Humanity President Jordyn Kessler ’16. “We appreciate everyone coming out to watch this year’s competitors and raise money for a great cause.”
In addition to Hastings and Skinner, this year’s contestants included Charles Gaglione ’16, Alden Ferrier ’19, Ryan Montbleau ’19 and Myles Silverman ’19. Contestants were selected earlier in the semester based on an application as well as their charisma during recruitment week.
“I’m glad I got to be in Mr. Hobart because it was a fun way to support Habitat for Humanity and finish up the semester,” Hastings says. “We had an impressive group of guys with a wide range of talents and humor, and the Habitat members who planned the event were just as excited for everything as we were. There was a lot of laughing during our rehearsals, and I know the audience got a kick out of our performances too.”
Skinner says it was great to see such a well-attended event, underscoring the spirit of service and giving back in the HWS community.
“It was a fantastic time,” Skinner says. “I’m happy that I wasn’t just making a fool of myself for fun but also for a good cause. I think that really adds to the fun of participating and willingness to attend the event.”
During the program, contestants presented a group dance performance. Individually, they were also scored on modeling sportswear, showcasing their talents and participating in a question and answer session. The winner was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers; Associate Director of Admissions Sue Willard ’99; Campus Safety Officer William Hanvey; and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County Nash Bock.
In the photo above, Danny Hastings ’16 (left) and Matthew Skinner ’17 pose for a photo with President Mark D. Gearan.