POINT PLEASANT — Friends are the family we choose and one local teen is attempting to bring the local pageant family together to do just that - and help a friend battling cancer.
Shaeden Black, 16, of Gallipolis Ferry, is organizing the “Crowns for Cancer Hope for the Holidays Pageant,” to benefit Hannah Mayes, a 2013 Hannan High School graduate who has been battling brain cancer for five years. All proceeds will go to “Hope 4 Hannah.” In addition to proceeds being presented to Mayes, Mayes will be crowned the inspirational queen of the pageant which begins at 6 p.m., Friday Dec. 13 at Trinity UM Church.
Black, who is the current Wild and Wonderful Teen Miss West Virginia Mentor, said there will be nine different age divisions in the pageant. There will be age divisions for zero to 12 months; 13-23 months; two to three years; four to five years; six to eight years; 10-12 years; 13-15 years; 16-18 years; 19 years and up.
Also, there will be a community service award and other side awards. The community service award will go to the contestant who brings in the most non-perishable canned food items which will be given to Crosslight of Hope.
The pageant has its own Facebook page where those interested in becoming involved or registering as a contestant can email Black for information and applications. Applications are also available at TC Quilts in Point Pleasant. Contestants can register the day of the pageant at the door - registration is at 5 p.m. the day of the pageant. The cost is $35 per mail in entry (postmarked by Dec. 6) and $40 for late entries the day of registration.
Black said she was inspired to do the pageant because of Mayes’ attitude about life.
“She always wants to help other people despite her sickness,” Black said. “I know how much pain she is in and it takes a lot out of her. I want to crown her as the ‘Inspirational Queen’ because she’s my inspiration to help my community and to do what I can to help anyone.”
Black’s pageant co-director is Delaney Bronosky who is also Miss Battle Days. Also helping with the pageant are Brey Gheen, Delyssa Edmonds and Brandi Varian. Deal Funeral Services and Emages Consulting and Photography have also stepped up to help with the expenses of crowns and sashes
Black is the daughter of Erica and Joe Black.