Mountshannon’s Kevin Chesser, aka Miss Graded, was crowned Miss Dainty Daisy 2012 at the finale of the Mid-West Rape Crisis Centre fundraiser, which was held last Saturday.
Staying in character and even shedding a tear of joy when presented with her crown and bouquet of tulips, Miss Graded spoke to presenter Ciana Campbell about her French roots and how she came from a large family of boys.
Being the only girl in her family, her parents encouraged her to enter beauty pageants as a child. Her desire was to eventually win the Rose of Tralee competition. Her glamorous and fetching red tights and socks reflected her ‘love of all things Munster’, while her party piece impressed not only the judges but the crowd as she sang the classic Je Ne Regrette Rien.
Two further awards were presented and actor Ken O’Shaugnessy (Miss Cast) was crowned Miss Congeniality with John Sweeeny from Clare Sports Partnership (Miss Fit) taking the crown for Sexiest Legs.
The event was held at the Auburn Lodge Hotel from 7pm onwards whilst the Daisies were still backstage for one final touch up. The show didn’t disappoint, with many of the acts putting in fine performances, including County Councillor Johnny Flynn (Miss Chief) who danced a Riverdance Reel and Brian O’Neill (Miss Fortune) who hula-hooped to a roaring audience.
Meanwhile, a special word of mention was also given to East Clare’s Nard Slabbers (Miss Claire) and Liam Minogue (Miss Label) who both had the words of their songs written on the back of their handbags, as presenter Ciana Campbell said ‘a very unusual autocue’.
All the acts were escorted on stage by Maeve Fox, Sarah Griffin and Laura Jane Allis who again kept in character and dressed in tuxedo for the evening.
The judges included Clare Rose Orla McDonagh, fasion stylist Tess Purcell and Councillor Michael Guilfoyle.
The real winner was the Rape Crisis Centre in Clare, which will benefit from the generous funds raised from this event. In addition to raising awareness for Rape Crisis Mid-West in a good-natured way, the pageant also hopes to challenge the stereotype that Rape Crisis Centres are just for women.
Rape Crisis Mid-West provides free, professional counselling for male and female survivors of all forms of sexual abuse. It relies heavily on the generosity of the public to keep the centre open.
Rape Crisis Mid-West can be contacted on their free phone number 1800 311511, log on to www.rapecrisis.ie or visit their facebook page. They have an outreach centre in Clare based at Tracklands Business Park, Clonroadmore, Ennis.