November 8, 2014 10:09:38 PM
The Columbus-based Rebecca's Rooms is putting final touches on the "I Am Me" beauty and beau pageant celebrating special needs children and adults Nov. 15. Registration is free for any special needs individual wishing to participate in the event that starts at 10 a.m. at the New Hope Middle School Auditorium. To register or sponsor a contestant, visit rebeccasrooms.com.
WCBI anchor and Miss USA 2002 Shauntay Hinton will emcee.
"Rebecca's Rooms is the epitome of what community service is all about," Hinton said. "The act of rolling up your sleeves and getting involved is the heart and soul of what makes this organization so commendable. That's why it is an honor for me to support and lend my talent to the Rebecca's Rooms Pageant."
The nonprofit organization created by Reid Carter to honor his daughter Rebecca's memory provides disabled children with a newly remodeled and decorated room customized to their personality and unique needs.
The reigning Miss Mississippi, Jasmine Murray, will entertain at the pageant. Murray, originally from Columbus, is an American Idol finalist and top 10 contestant in the recent Miss America pageant.
Another special guest will be the newly-crowned Miss Mississippi State University, Randi Kathryn Harmon.
"I feel honored for the opportunity of being able to be a part of such a special event," said Harmon. "I'm looking forward to singing and supporting the mission of Rebecca's Rooms."
In September, the organization began a new campaign called Rebecca's RoomMates. RoomMates donate $1,500 toward the cost of a room renovation. It is an opportunity for businesses or individuals to get involved to change a child's life. RoomMates receive a plaque with a picture of the room recipient and all the volunteers. They are also encouraged to attend the "reveal" to meet the family and team of volunteers.
For information about becoming a RoomMate or about sponsoring a pageant paticipant for $40, contact Carter at 251-0627 or Denene Thomason at 662-549-4286.