The Alabama Nursing Home Association today announced the top 10 finalists for the 2016 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

These ladies will compete for the coveted crown of Ms. Alabama Nursing Home on Monday, July 25 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The winner will serve as a spokesperson for nursing home residents and the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA).

The top 10 finalists are (in alphabetical order by nursing home):

  • Ms. Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center, Taressa Green, Birmingham, Age 60
  • Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Pamela Groves, Tuscumbia, Age 70
  • Ms. Crowne Health Care of Eufaula, Evie Roberts, Eufaula, Age 91
  • Ms. Crowne Health Care of Greenville, Millie McDonald, Greenville, Age 81
  • Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Linda Slay, Florence, Age 75
  • Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab Center, Betty Yates, Florence, Age 69
  • Ms. Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, Edna Kilgo, Hanceville, Age 76
  • Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab, Maudie Hancock, Abbeville, Age 94
  • Ms. Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood, JoAnn Okechukwu, Bessemer, Age 69
  • Ms. Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Betty Tucker, Alabaster, Age 85

“This pageant is a celebration of life and the contributions these ladies make in their nursing home and community,” ANHA Chairman Frank Brown said. “Each contestant is an example of how you can make a difference no matter your age or ability. They are wonderful ambassadors of Alabama’s rehab and long-term care centers.”

Preliminary judging was held in Montgomery to narrow the field of 54 contestants to the top 10 finalists. Contestants are evaluated on their outlook on life, personality, poise and involvement in their individual nursing homes.

Miss Alabama Haley Barber and retired nursing home administrator Bob Coker will co-host the event. Celebrity judges include: Ms. Senior Alabama Belynda Sims, Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman Mary Grace Long, University of West Alabama College of Business Associate Dean Dr. Aliquippa Allen, Gadsden Regional Medical Center Marketing Director Natalie Fleming and American Senior Alliance Executive Director Conwell Hooper.

The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges on the morning of July 25 before competing on stage that afternoon. All of the other contestants in attendance will be part of the Honor Court and will be individually recognized during the pageant. The pageant begins at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Editor’s note: This story was adapted from an Alabama Nursing Home Association press release issued July 7, 2015.

To help you get to know the top 10, ANHA.org will post a story about each finalist. The stories will begin July 11, and a new one will publish each week day until July 22.

Click here for more information and to download large format, JPG pictures of the top 10 finalists.

Click on a photo below to view the gallery as a slideshow.