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Hope Pageant to Benefit American Cancer Society

July 16, 2008

By Kandace McCoy, Mt. Vernon Register-News, Ill.

Jul. 16–MT. VERNON — The Southern Illinois Annual Mr./Miss Hope Benefit Pageant is returning again this year to help out the American Cancer Society.

According to information from event organizer Rhonda Moffit, the pageant will be held at the Times Square Mall Aug. 9 and is open to boys and girls of all ages.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the ACS and others affected by cancer. Since last year’s event, Moffit said groups have been formed to help patients, such as Wigs for Friends, which supply wigs for people who have hair loss due to chemotherapy.

Moffit organized the pageant last year after deciding she wanted to do something in support of a friend who is a cancer survivor.

“The pageant rewards contestants with something more than crowns, trophies and gifts,” Moffit stated. “It gives our youth a chance to provide moral support to worthy causes and recognition that they are trying to do something positive to make a difference.”

Categories in each age division at the pageant include queen and king, Most Photogenic, Most Beautiful/Handsome, Best Personality/Charming, Best Hair, Best Eyes and Best Smile, among others.

The top three winners, picked by a panel of judges, will be selected as the 2008 Little Mr./Miss Hope Ambassadors.

Moffit said individuals and businesses may contribute to the pageant, either by donation or by sponsoring a contestant.

For more information or to register as a contestant, contact Moffit at 315-4199 or 822-6836 or by e-mail at moffitt_1@sbcglobal.net.

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