As if she was a character in a television story, a local young woman's life was tragically changed four months ago. Alison Inglett was asleep in her bedroom on Noble Street last September when reportedly her boyfriend's brother walked into the room and shot her, paralyzing her from the waist down.
When Delena Reese, who works with Ms. Inglett's sister, heard about the difficulties Ms. Inglett is experiencing, she decided to help. Ms. Reese has organized a beauty pageant and baby contest to raise funds to help buy a hospital bed and other supplies for Ms. Inglett.
"I have organized this pageant to help raise money to give her back some of what she has lost," Ms. Reese said. "I just thought it was something nice to do. If I was in the same position, I would want someone to do it for me."
The "Majestic Beauties" pageant is for girls only. The age divisions include Baby Miss for 0-18 months, Toddler Miss for 19-35 months, Wee Miss for 3-4 years, Tiny Miss for 5-6 years, Little Miss for 7-9 years, Junior Miss for 10-12 years, Teen Miss for 13-15 years and Miss for 16-19 years.
According to Ms. Reese, all contestants up to 9 years old should wear a party or church dress, white shoes and white socks. Contestants 10 and up should wear a party, prom or church dress and age appropriate shoes.
One winner in each age group will win a tiara, banner and trophy. Three alternates will receive a trophy, and a medallion will be awarded to winners of the best smile, prettiest eyes and best personality.
Entries must be received by January 28 and be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable deposit, and can be picked up at Kent's Restaurant or by calling Ms. Reese at 706-986-8456 after 7 p.m.
The pageant is at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Thomson Depot. Admission is $3. All proceeds go to Ms. Inglett.