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Paris’ first senior beauty pageant, ‘Beauty is Ageless’, was held in early September with two goals in mind: to celebrate the lives of the elderly by honoring all aspects of their beauty and to raise funds for the New Hope Center of Paris Women’s Transitional Shelter.
Premier Home Care & Hospice designed and sponsored the event, which was held at Celebrate It! in early September.
“We are so proud and honored that we were able to pull this event off,” Premier Administrator Chris Johnson said. “It was really great to see the community come together for our elderly community in order to raise some needed funds for the New Hope Center and the women and children that they help on a daily basis. We’d like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to the community for support.”
Due to this amazing community support, the event was a huge success, as hundreds of people attended for the cause and to watch as seventeen contestants showed off their beauty through spirit, attitude, talent and wardrobe. The event raised just under $3,000 for the women and children shelter.
“The New Hope Center of Paris thanks Premier Home Care & Hospice for making us the recipient of the donation from the ‘Beauty is Ageless’ senior beauty pageant they hosted,” New Hope Center Program Development Coordinator Lou Brown said. “The pageant — the first ever held in Paris — was a great success. The overflow crowd was treated to costume and talent displays by a number of gorgeous contestants who seemed to have a wonderful time as well.”
“The donation from Premier will be used to furnish the bedrooms in the new shelter. The building at 4th and Sherman, formerly the Department of Human Services and food stamp office, will house the women and children shelter when it is completed. The anticipated move-in date should be before the end of the year. These donated funds will be used to buy storage units for the rooms — hanging racks and totes — for 51 residents. New Hope is grateful for this help. It will support our efforts to provide decent housing for women and their children who are experiencing homelessness.”
After seeing the success that the first ‘Beauty is Ageless’ event had, Premier Home Care & Hospice has said that there will be a second annual event in 2014.
It is the goal to make the senior beauty pageant an annual event in support of the New Hope Center and their needs.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra