|Seniors shine in Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant|
In April, 13 contestants participated in the Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant. Annually hosted by Pensacola-area nursing homes from FHCA District XII, the competition promotes the inner beauty and share the life experiences of nursing home and assisted living facility residents. Contestants are judged for their interview skills, which allow them to demonstrate conversational skills and give the judges a glimpse into their personality. Contest judges also looked for a candidate who exhibit grace and poise. This year's judges included owners and executives from Summit Health Care, Southern Health Care Management, Gulf Coast Health Care and Sacred Heart Hospital.
A Hollywood theme set the stage for this year's pageant, which featured over 150 guests in attendance. Pageant contestants were escorted by members of the Washington High School ROTC. U.S. Army Specialist Stephen Calloway, who had recently returned from Afghanistan, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Dave Keighley, administrator with Southern Oaks, conducted the invocation.
The winner of this year’s pageant was Ms. Ida Rutledge of Haven of Our Lady of Peace.
First Runner up was Ms. Olean Nelson of Crestview Rehabilitation Center.
In its 14th year, the pageant is described as being “what America is about . . . a re-affirmation of life and self-worth, of laughter and tears, of inner beauty and outward charm.”
FHCA District XII would like to extend a special thanks to all those who contributed - facilities, vendors and community partners - as the pageant is totally funded by donations and volunteers.