Montgomery to Benefit from Day of Service

Decatur, Alabama, USA, 04/17/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/

From crowns to hard hats and high heels to boots, Saturday, April 18th will find Miss Alabama titleholders throughout the state coming together to work on projects for their community service portion of their program. “Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery will be one of the lucky beneficiaries of these young women’s day of service”, said Nan Teninbaum, President of the Miss Alabama Pageant. “Our young women are dynamic leaders that understand the importance of giving back and helping out when there is a need”, she said. “The Miss Alabama Pageant stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished when college women are challenged and encouraged to achieve ambitious goals. This day of service is nothing new for these young women— we’re just doing it on the same day”, concluded Teninbaum.

“It is nothing short of a blessing to have the opportunity to participate in the Miss America Serves Day”, said Madelyn Gathings, Miss Northeast Alabama. “For myself, service is invaluable and one of the many reasons I am involved in the Miss America Organization. Nothing compares to the great joy you feel when you serve others and live beyond the means of yourself”, she said. “A project of this magnitude has the capability of touching so many lives, not only in the state of Alabama, but throughout this nation. I am so excited to be able to contribute my part in touching the lives of others”, continued Gathings.

“Some may think of the Miss Alabama and Miss America contestants as beautiful young women who just compete for a crown”, said Brenda Campbell, Miss Alabama Local Field Director. “Few are aware that the four points of the Miss Alabama and Miss America crowns stand for Style, Scholarship, Success and Service. On April 18th, Miss Alabama contestants from the South/Central Alabama area will be donning a different ‘Style’ as they put aside their evening gowns for a day of work shirts and tool belts. Even though each contestant works individually throughout the year to raise awareness of relevant social issues, all are committed to the Miss America platform of raising money for Children’s Miracle Network”, she said. “Through the Miss America Serves Day, several of the Miss Alabama contestants will work together to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network while helping a Montgomery family realize the American Dream of home ownership. Each contestant will be asking family, friends and the community to support her by making pledges for each hour she works at the Habitat site. Funds will go directly to Children’s Miracle Network making this a truly win-win situation”, she continued.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with such amazing young women to help both organizations”, Campbell said. “This will be the second Habitat build I’ve worked with. My brother told me they would probably send me to get coffee on my first build. Instead, I was happy to tell him they put me to work digging the foundation and running rebar! What an honor to be used as God’s hands and feet on earth!”, she concluded. PRESS RELEASE “I am passionate about volunteering”, said Mi’a Callens, Miss Patriot, “The desire to serve is deeply ingrained– a legacy from my family. In watching their selfless efforts, I learned there is no greater joy than to touch the life of another person and in turn, make our communities a better and more caring place to live”, she said. “Miss America Serves Days’ mission is inspiring, and I am elated to participate. My fondest memories of life have taken place at home with loved ones. Building this house in Montgomery will give a family the opportunity to make a house their home and to create their own lifetime memories. Habitat for Humanity creates life-changing moments for families. It is a gift that keeps on giving, and these families will be able to cherish this home and pass it on for generations to come. I am humbled and ecstatic to be able to work with Miss America Serves Day and Habitat for Humanity to help a family have a home and sanctuary for their fondest memories to flourish!”, concluded Callens.

Your support of these fabulous young women will help provide treatments for sick children through the Children’s Hospitals of Alabama. For more information about donating to the Miss America Serves Day in Montgomery, please contact Brenda Campbell at [email protected]

About the Miss Alabama Pageant

Alabama is home to a remarkable and respected organization with a rich history that spans more than nine decades. This not-for-profit organization awards college scholarships to outstanding young women of our state, and its mission is more critical than ever in this time of inadequate funding for education in Alabama. The community service aspect of the Miss Alabama program propels contestants into arenas of prominence where policy is made, laws are enacted or changed, crucial funding is realized, and lives are positively affected. Contestants work for causes represented by their personally chosen platforms which may include Cancer research and education, organ donation, child enrichment and mentoring programs, senior citizen advocacy, arts and cultural organizations, and many others. To learn more, visit us at

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. To learn more, visit us at

About Temporary Emergency Services of Tuscaloosa

Temporary Emergency Services Inc. (TES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families in crisis situations. Churches in the Tuscaloosa Community funded TES in 1945 to serve clients unable to receive assistance from local social services agencies. TES assists individuals and families in crisis situations in order to allow the clients to survive the immediate crisis they are encountering. TES operates its programs efficiently and effectively, thereby maximizing its limited resources, and the productivity of its employees. TES utilizes programs and services that have been successful for other public, private, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more, visit us at

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