DANVERS — Kyriakos “Kary” Andrinopoulos, the co-owner of New Brothers Restaurant and Deli, has won his bid to be re-elected the Rotary Club’s honorary mayor of Danvers, outgoing Rotary Club President Barry Kaplan said.
Andrinopoulos, Danversport Yacht Club restaurant manager Larry DeLorenzo, Cranney Self Storage manager Gayla Bartlett and Cakes for Occasions bakery owner Kelly Delaney were all in the running for the title, part of a fundraiser for the Rotary’s scholarship programs. Each vote for a candidate represented a $5 donation to the Rotary.
The fundraiser raised $7,500 for college scholarships for graduating Danvers students, Kaplan said.
Kaplan, the owner of Finer Image Photo Lab, said Andrinopoulos’ fundraiser at his Maple Street restaurant last Monday helped seal his win. He had been trailing DeLorenzo in the voting in the days leading up to the last day to vote.
“He did very well on Monday morning and surged ahead in the last couple of days,” Kaplan said.
Voting closed on Wednesday, and the winner was announced Thursday evening at the Rotary Concert, which is part of the Danvers Family Festival. Due to wet weather, the concert was moved from the Rotary Pavilion indoors to the Danvers High School auditorium, and the time was pushed back for the concert, meaning Andrinopoulos could not attend due to a prior engagement, Kaplan said.
Andrinopoulos said he could not make a previously scheduled event and the rescheduled Rotary concert.
“They gave me the key today,” said Andrinopoulos, who raised more than $3,500 for Rotary scholarships.
Kaplan thanked all the candidates for running. The term of the honorary mayor, whose function is to attend some Rotary functions, is two years.
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