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Christmas Time Pageant raises money for nursing homes
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Pictured, from left, are pageant organizer Emily Pennington, Humanitarian winner and first runner-up Sarah Grissom, Teen Miss Pioneer Christmas Time Aleah Davis, second runner-up Maddie Young, and third runner-up Maggie Sliger at the second annual Miss Pioneer Christmas Time pageant Saturday.
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Winner of Miss Pioneer Christmas Time pageant Maggie Garrett, left, is pictured with pageant organizer Emily Pennington on Saturday.

Despite bad weather and sickness going around, the Miss Pioneer Christmas Time Pageant raised $850 for local nursing homes.

Embracing the Elderly held its second annual pageant on Saturday in an effort to support the elderly in the community. Pageant organizer Emily Pennington founded Embracing the Elderly as a way to eliminate the term “elder orphans.” 

She says over 65% of nursing home residents are considered “elder orphans,” meaning they have little to no support coming from outside the nursing home. Her platform is based on educating, advocating, and giving the gift of time to nursing home residents. The pageant was a benefit for the organization with 100% of the proceeds going to it. Pennington says the event went well.

“We were able to raise close to $1,000 to donate to local nursing homes,” she said.

There were five different age groups. 

Kinsley Suzanne Moore was the winner of the ages 4-6 Tiny Miss group. 

Emory Faith Castillo was the winner of the ages 7-9 Little Miss group. 

Averly Elizabeth Mullins was the winner of the ages 10-12 Preteen Miss group. 

Aleah Grace Davis was the winner of the ages 13-15 Teen Miss group. 

Maggie Garrett was the winner of the ages 16-21 Miss group. 

Even though everything worked out well in the end, Pennington faced quite a few bumps in the road.

“Despite my best efforts, the flu and out-of-town competitors had numbers low,” said Pennington. “As we started at 4 p.m., I became content with the numbers and proud that I even had collected $1 more than I would have without the pageant. You can’t pick and choose what life throws at you, but today my team and I took the hand we were dealt and ran with it.”