Two local residents have teamed up to take their pageant knowledge and use it to help make a difference in the lives of children who may not have a very merry holiday.

 

Two local residents have teamed up to take their pageant knowledge and use it to help make a difference in the lives of children who may not have a very merry holiday.
The "Angel of the Season" Beauty Handsome pageant is being hosted by Valerie Smith and Debra LeMay to help support a local organization that will provide children of inmates with gifts. The pair have teamed up with others in the community to help make the pageant a success. Sissi Jester, local beauty queen, will serve as emcee and is also on hand to help the participants prepare for pageant day.
"I am really excited about using something I can do to help others," said LeMay. "I helped direct the Clark County pageant and saw that this could be a great avenue to help out during the Christmas season."
According to LeMay a proceed from each contestant will go to an Angel Tree Christmas project. "The kids are the ones that seem to get caught in the middle when a parent makes the wrong choices," said LeMay. "They deserve to have a good Christmas and we want to help the ones who are trying to make that happen."
The Angel Tree program was developed by an inmate who after serving her sentence wanted to use her experience to change her life and those around her. The project  is ran by volunteers and have helped provide gifts to more than 7 million children since 1982. The concept is simple. Christmas Trees are erected in stores that hold the names and "gift wishes" of local children. Shoppers are then encouraged to take a name and buy that child's gifts.
"We realize that during the past few years it's been harder for different organizations to meet the demands that they are facing," said LeMay. "We just want to help in our own small way."
The pageant will be on Dec. 4 at Arkansas Hall on the Henderson State campus. The "Angel of the Season" Pageant is open to girl ages 0-21 s and boys ages 0-4.
"We want to give as many opportunities as possibleto each contestant," said LeMay. "It's a great pageant for pageant veteran or those who are just getting started."
Entry forms will be sent home with students in area schools. For information or a form, contact Smith at 353-2560 or  LeMay at 353-2510.