Red Cross offers cruise to pageant winners

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 31, 2005

Mothers and daughters who don’t mind strutting their stuff on a stage could win a free Caribbean cruise courtesy of the Black Belt Chapter of the American Red Cross and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

The local Red Cross Chapter will be sponsoring the inaugural Sweetheart Mother and Daughter Pageant at Pickard Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26.

The pageant is for residents of Dallas, Marengo, Perry, and Wilcox counties.

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“This will be a fun event and it will give mothers and daughters additional time to bond,” said Jeanette Crusoe, executive director of the local Red Cross.

Jakkie Caldwell-Phillips, pageant organizer and Red Cross fund raising coordinator, said several prizes would be given away at the event, including the grand prize of a free cruise.

“Everyone will go away a winner,” Caldwell-Phillips said.

Crusoe said mothers, daughters and granddaughters are all invited to participate in the pageant.

“We may have two or thee generations on the stage at one time,” she said.

Participants in the pageant must compete in four categories: personal interview, casual wear, formal wear or church attire and stage presence.

Crusoe said all the contestants will be required to attend an orientation in their county.

The Dallas County orientation will be at the Selma Public Library on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.

The Marengo County orientation will be held at the Demopolis Public Library on Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Wilcox County orientation will take place at the Camden Community Center on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.

Perry County orientation will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Office on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.

Pageant applications are currently being accepted and can be picked up at the Red Cross Chapter office located at 612 Selma Avenue in Selma.

Those interested in participating the pageant can also contact Crusoe or Caldwell-Phillips at 334-874-4641.

Along with the pageant, the Red Cross is also sponsoring “The Jewelry Showcase” on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Selma Convention Center.

Funds raised from the jewelry sale will go towards the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.