The Alabama Nursing Home Association today announced the top 10 finalists for the 2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

These ladies will compete for the coveted crown of Ms. Alabama Nursing Home on Monday, July 31 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. Albertville Nursing Home & Rehab Select, Helen “Roslin” Williams, Albertville, Age 82
  • Ms. Cherry Hill Rehab & Healthcare Center, Evelyn Dent, Birmingham, Age 62
  • Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Cora Steen, Tuscumbia, Age 83
  • Ms. Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare, Miriam Kelley, Cullman, Age 89
  • Ms. Haleyville Health & Rehab Center, Edna Everly, Haleyville, Age 83
  • Ms. Hartford Health Care, Norma Self, Hartford, Age 92
  • Ms. Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Katherine Moorer, Alabaster, Age 59
  • Ms. Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center, Barbara Pugh, Thomasville Age 66
  • Ms. Westside Terrace Health & Rehab First, Sarah Scott, Dothan, Age 83
  • Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Healthcare Center, Cleo McLeroy, Cullman, Age 87

“These contestants prove you can make a difference regardless of your age or ability,” ANHA President & CEO Bill O’Connor said. “Each lady is a wonderful ambassador of her rehabilitation and long-term care center. I invite everyone to attend the pageant as we celebrate the contributions these ladies make in their nursing home and the community.”

Preliminary judging was held in Montgomery to narrow the field of 49 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 Jessica Proctor and retired nursing home administrator Bob Coker will co-host the event. Celebrity judges include: Ms. Senior Alabama Elaine Willingham, Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman Claire Kendrick, Alabama Director of Homeland Security Shirrell Roberts and UAB School of Health Professions Director of Communications Kevin Storr.

The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges on the morning of July 31 before competing on stage that afternoon. All the other contestants in attendance will be part of the Honor Court and will be individually recognized during the pageant. 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 12, 2017.

To help you get to know the top 10, ANHA.org will post a story about each finalist. The stories will begin July 17, and a new one will publish each week day until July 28.

Visit http://anha.org/pageant for more information and to download large format, JPG pictures of the top 10 finalists.