‘Roger Dershem Day’ to offer live music and raise money for St. Johns recycling center

ST. JOHNS – Community members on Saturday will celebrate the life of Roger Dershem while showcasing one of his true passions: The Lions Club Recycling Center.

The first annual Roger Dershem Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on West Higham Street, featuring live music, food trucks and a cornhole tournament, among other things.

Brent Hurst, whose chocolate business sits next door to Dershey’s Cafe – the diner owned by Dershem and his wife, Mary – said the event is a way to celebrate the life of a community icon and showcase the drop-off recycling center Dershem operated for years.

Dershem, 76, a Vietnam veteran who worked in the telecommunications field before buying the diner, died May 25 after battling cancer. He was passionate about the recycling center and loaned wheelchairs, walkers and other medical equipment to people who needed them.

Saturday’s event will raise money for the recycling center and educate people about how the center operates and recycling in general, Hurst said.

Chuckie D’s BBQ, Kellam’s Kettle Corn, Oh Mi Organics, Spun Confection, and Wicked Wax & Wix will donate a percentage of their sales to the recycling center, the chocolate business said in a Facebook post.

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