A crowning ceremony for a charity pageant to benefit the Tour de Cure for Diabetes will be held at Tom Foolery's Jan. 23.
The eight girls and women, who range in age from 3-years to adult, all have been affected in some way by diabetes, whether it was themselves or a family member.
Mrs. Delmarva 2012, Melissa Locke Schulte, and her friend Melissa Kirk, who are known as the Diabeauties, wanted to keep their charity efforts for Diabetes alive after the Tour de Cure biking event, so they organized a charity pageant.
“Last Spring, I learned about the Tour de Cure Kick Off event for the American Diabetes Association,” Schulte said. “I am very passionate about this cause due to family so, I invited other pageant title holders to come volunteer.”
Carl Coluntouno, who heads the Tour de Cure riding event, approached Schulte and encouraged her to form a team of riders, she said.
In this bike ride, Schulte said, you can ride virtually or physically.
“He even came up with a cool name for our team,” she said, “The Diabeauties.”
With Coluntouno's support, Schulte and Kirk kicked off the charity pageant with an online submission pageant.
Schulte said that judges rated the photo submissions, and most importantly, the speech submissions.
“The speech was to include why they wanted to represent the Tour de Cure,” she said.” Our winners have been selected. Now we will crown the winners at a private crowning ceremony. There will be a presentation about the Tour de Cure and a ceremony to crown the title holders.”
All donations and money raised through the pageant will go straight to the American Diabetes Association and the title holders will continue raising funds throughout the year for the Tour de Cure and ADA Tour de Cure ride May 4 in Newark.
Donations can be made at tour.diabetes.org to team: Diabeauties.
Little Miss Tour de Cure 2013 Peyton Riley
Young Miss Tour de Cure 2013 Faith Housler
Junior Miss Tour de Cure 2013 Kayla Godwin
Pre Teen Miss Tour de Cure 2013 Faith Jones
Miss Teen Tour de Cure 2013 Haille Anderson
Miss Tour de Cure 2013 Marlee Alsberg
Ms. Tour de Cure 2013 Tonya Jones
Mrs. Tour de Cure 2013 Ellen England