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The Pink Queens for Life Pageant is seeking contestants for this year’s charity event. Above, some of last year’s winners pose with their flowers and gifts.
Friday, April 19, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
LaShawnda Weatherspoon is seeking contestants for the second annual Pink Queens for Life Pageant.
The pageant will be held Saturday, July 6 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center in Rocky Mount.
Winners will be named in 14 age groups: Royal Wee Miss (ages 0-23 months), Royal Baby Miss (ages 2-3 years), Royal Toddler Miss (ages 4-5 years), Royal Tiny Miss (ages 6-7 years), Royal Petite Miss (ages 8-9 years), Royal Pre-Teen Miss (ages 10-12 years), Royal Junior Miss (ages 13-15 years), Royal Senior Miss (ages 16-19 years), Royal Miss (ages 20-18 years), Royal Mrs./Ms. (ages 18 and up - married, divorced or never married), Royal Young Miss (overall high point 0-9), Royal Teen Miss (overall high point 10 and up) and Royal Survivor Ambassador (any age).
New to the pageant this year is a male division for male survivors. The winner of this division will be named Mr. Royal Survivor Ambassador.
There is a $100 fee for mandatory events, which will include a beauty and spirit competition.
A $15 fee will apply for each optional event, including photogenic; red, white and blue wear; essay; and survivor's essay.
High point winners will be determined by combining mandatory event scores and the highest optional event scores. This year's high point winners will receive a pink flat screen television.
Other awards will include crowns, trophies, sashes, scepters, pink bouquets and monetary awards, as well as a community service award for the person collecting the most food for Stepping Stone Mission and Helping Hands.
There will be no double crowning (winning more than one event).
The deadline for entry is June 30. No entries will be accepted late.
Funds raised from this pageant will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment and the search for a cure for breast cancer.
Funds will also go to Stepping Stone Mission and Helping Hands of Franklin County.
Weatherspoon started the benefit pageant last year in honor of her mother, Yolonda Weatherspoon, who has been free of breast cancer since 1997.
The pageant's inaugural year raised $550 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and $677 for Helping Hands. The Stepping Stone Mission received $460 and over 1,500 nonperishable food items.
"We are hoping for even bigger success this year," said Yolonda Weatherspoon.
For more information, contact Weatherspoon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry forms are also available at the Children's Clinic at 681 S. Main Street in Rocky Mount.
To learn more about the Susan G. Komen foundation, visit ww5.komen.org.