Decatur , Alabama , USA, 04/17/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Saturday, April 18th will see Miss Alabama hopefuls serving and raising awareness for four organizations across Alabama. “As we raise money for state scholarships and CMN Hospitals, Miss America Serves also shows our organization’s commitment to volunteerism”, said Nan Teninbaum, President of the Miss Alabama Pageant. “The four organizations- Habitat of Decatur Morgan County, Habitat of Montgomery, Temporary Emergency Services of Tuscaloosa and our Children’s Hospitals in Birmingham and Mobile, are all the beneficiaries of a day of service from our 50 local titleholders”, she continued. “Miss America Serves stands as a tribute to the services that local CMN Hospitals provide every day. Since 1921, the community service aspect of the Miss Alabama program has propelled contestants into arenas of prominence where policy is made, laws are enacted or changed, crucial funding is realized, and lives are positively affected. Contestants work for causes represented by their personally chosen platforms which may include Cancer research and education, organ donation, child enrichment and mentoring programs, senior citizen advocacy, arts and cultural organizations, and many others. This is just a normal activity for us— we’re just all doing it on the same day”, concluded Teninbaum.
“I am so honored to be able to participate in Miss America Serves day”, said Emily Davis, Miss Wallace State. “Few things are better than the feeling you get after volunteering! Community service is extremely important to me and I am so excited to help build a house with Decatur’s Habitat for Humanity, along with the rest of my Miss Alabama sisters”, she said. “The most humbling experience I have had was helping with tornado relief back in 2011 when the tornados hit all over the state of Alabama. In such a heartbreaking time, it’s amazing to see others come together for the greater good and I know Miss America Serves Day will be just as rewarding. This is an amazing opportunity to not only give back to my community but to also raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, and I can’t wait”, concluded Davis.
“Working with Habitat for Humanity is one of the greatest organizations I have ever volunteered my time with”, stated Debra Talley, Miss Alabama State Field Director. “My first experience with Habitat was in 1994 when all 50 of our titleholders that year, helped build a house from the ground up in Hartselle in one day”, said Talley. “Because of that first introduction, we continued to volunteer with the Decatur Morgan County Habitat for the next 3 years, building 3 more houses. Back then we called our day of volunteering, ‘Make a Difference Day’. With the reintroduction of that special day of volunteering comes a new name—‘Miss America Serves’. And, although we designate one particular day of the year to bring the young women together to work on a project, these titleholders work all year on other projects that are their particular platforms—or causes they care very deeply for and rally around for not only during their competition years, but continue to be a strong advocate for the rest of their lives. The Miss Alabama / America program empowers women to make positive change in whatever platform they feel compassionate about. Volunteerism during their competition years is just PRESS RELEASE the beginning for most of these young women as they become our community, state, and national leaders throughout their lives. If you really want to be a part of positive change, associate yourself with one of these outstanding women that participate in our program— they truly are great examples of ‘making a difference in other peoples’ lives and communities in which they live”, said Talley.
“What could be better than trading in a pair of high heels for a pair of boots to help three amazing organizations in our state in one day”, said Rachel Persall, Miss Tennessee Valley. “I’m so thrilled to be working alongside my Miss Alabama sisters as we support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, while working directly with Habitat for Humanity and Temporary Emergency Services of Tuscaloosa”, she continued. “Crowns off ladies! We need our hard hats! I cannot wait to hopefully touch and impact many lives through Miss America’s Day of Service”, concluded Persall.
Your support of these great titleholders will help provide treatments for sick children through the Children’s Hospitals of Alabama. For more information about donating to the Miss America Serves Day in the North Alabama area, please contact Debra Talley at [email protected]
About the Miss Alabama Pageant
Alabama is home to a remarkable and respected organization with a rich history that spans more than nine decades. This not-for-profit organization awards college scholarships to outstanding young women of our state, and its mission is more critical than ever in this time of inadequate funding for education in Alabama. The Miss Alabama Pageant stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished when college women are challenged and encouraged to achieve ambitious goals. To learn more, visit us at www.missalabama.com
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. For more information, visit us at www.morganhabitat.org.
About Temporary Emergency Services of Tuscaloosa
Temporary Emergency Services Inc. (TES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families in crisis situations. Churches in the Tuscaloosa Community funded TES in 1945 to serve clients unable to receive assistance from local social services agencies. TES assists individuals and families in crisis situations in order to allow the clients to survive the immediate crisis they are encountering. TES operates its programs efficiently and effectively, thereby maximizing its limited resources, and the productivity of its employees. TES utilizes programs and services that have been successful for other public, private, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more, visit us at www.temporaryemergencyservice.org
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