MONTGOMERY – Fifty nursing home residents are expected to gather Monday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. for the 36th annual Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. The winner will serve as a spokesperson for nursing home residents and the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA). The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

“These contestants are wonderful ambassadors for their nursing homes,” ANHA President & CEO Bill O’Connor said. “They are proof that you can make a difference no matter your age or ability. I encourage you to attend the pageant and help us celebrate the contributions these ladies make in their nursing home and the community.”

Preliminary judging was held in Montgomery to narrow the field of 50 contestants to the top 10 finalists. Contestants were evaluated on their outlook on life, personality, poise and involvement in their individual nursing homes.

The top 10 finalists for the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant are:

  • Ms. Arlington Rehab & HealthCare Center, Eva McWay, Birmingham, Age 62
  • Ms. Brookdale University Park, Betty Gilbert, Birmingham, Age 89
  • Ms. Diversicare of Boaz, Betty Smith, Boaz, Age 85
  • Ms. Falkville Health Care Center, Carolyn Daniels, Falkville, Age 71
  • Ms. Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, Ruth Brigham, Hanceville, Age 94
  • Ms. St. Martin’s in the Pines, Juanita Tant, Birmingham, Age 90
  • Ms. The Folsom Center for Nursing & Rehab, Faye Aaron, Cullman, Age 83
  • Ms. The Oaks on Parkwood, Tracy Moore, Bessemer, Age 61
  • Ms. Wiregrass Rehab Center & Nursing Home, Gwen Haney, Geneva, Age 80
  • Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Health Care Center, Ann Trucks, Cullman, Age 76

The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges on the morning of July 29 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.

Miss Alabama Tiara Pennington and retired nursing home administrator Bob Coker will co-host the event. Celebrity judges include Ms. Senior Alabama Donna Harris, Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman Kayla Mathner, Alabama Dept. of Senior Services Commissioner Jean Brown, Legislative Consultant Quintin Hawkins and Tara Hutchison from the Alabama Dept. of Labor.

Editor’s note: This story was adapted from an Alabama Nursing Home Association press release issued July 11, 2019.

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