Twenty-six participants at Mary Gran Nursing Center came out in their best Thursday afternoon, showing how beautiful they are both inside and out, during the annual Relay for Life Sweetheart Pageant.
Kay Hobbs, who orchestrated the program, said that they have had has many as 38 participants in the past.
“This is the 10th year we have had the program,” Hobbs said.
Each year, judges pick a “sweetheart” from the pageant participants, either male or female, and name that person the king or queen. There is also an ambassador award for the most money raised.
This year, Eloise Oates claimed the title as the Queen of the Mary Gran Relay for Life Sweetheart Pageant in the now annual event. Blanche Norris won the Ambassador Award for the most funds raised.
Three judges picked from the group of 26.
“The contestants are judged on appearance, how they received their audience, and their level of friendliness,” explained Hobbs. There were also area queens in attendance to show their support.
Before the show, makeovers were provided for the contestants. Fay Cooper, who was there with other Grove Park Baptist Church members, headed up the makeup prior to the pageant. Fay Pearson provided transport and escorts for contestants. Evelyn Bowden also contributed a lot to the event, said Hobbs.
“Everyone has been excited about being in the pageant for a week before,” Hobbs said. She added that they appreciate the donations they have had, which has included everything from dresses and makeup to jewelry and pantyhose.
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.