2 Cullman women competing today for title of 2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home

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Ms. Cleo McLeroy and Ms. Miriam Kelley / ANHA

MONTGOMERY – Two Cullman women are among the top 10 finalists for the 2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant, according to the The Alabama Nursing Home Association.

Ms. Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare, Miriam Kelley, 89 and Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Healthcare Center, Cleo McLeroy, 87 will compete for the coveted crown of Ms. Alabama Nursing Home today at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The winner will serve as a spokesperson for nursing home residents and the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA).

Rounding out the top 10 are:

Ms. Albertville Nursing Home & Rehab Select, Helen “Roslin” Williams, Albertville, age 82
Ms. Cherry Hill Rehab & Healthcare Center, Evelyn Dent, Birmingham, age 62
Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Cora Steen, Tuscumbia, age 83
Ms. Haleyville Health & Rehab Center, Edna Everly, Haleyville, age 83
Ms. Hartford Health Care, Norma Self, Hartford, age 92
Ms. Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Katherine Moorer, Alabaster, age 59
Ms. Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center, Barbara Pugh, Thomasville age 66
Ms. Westside Terrace Health & Rehab First, Sarah Scott, Dothan, age 83

“These contestants prove you can make a difference regardless of your age or ability,” ANHA President & CEO Bill O’Connor said. “Each lady is a wonderful ambassador of her rehabilitation and long-term care center. I invite everyone to attend the pageant as we celebrate the contributions these ladies make in their nursing home and the community.”

Preliminary judging was held in Montgomery to narrow the field of 49 contestants to the top 10 finalists. Contestants are evaluated on their outlook on life, personality, poise and involvement in their individual nursing homes.

Miss Alabama Jessica Proctor and retired nursing home administrator Bob Coker will co-host the event. Celebrity judges include: Ms. Senior Alabama Elaine Willingham, Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman Claire Kendrick, Alabama Director of Homeland Security Shirrell Roberts and UAB School of Health Professions Director of Communications Kevin Storr.

The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges on the morning of July 31 before competing on stage that afternoon. All the other contestants in attendance will be part of the Honor Court and will be individually recognized during the pageant. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.