The Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization is excited to announce the return of the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee pageant to be held on April 7, 2012 at Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Avenue, in Knoxville. More details will be posted on our website at www.mswheelchairtn.org. Samantha Moreno, Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma 2010 and now a resident of Tennessee, is committed to reviving the program after it fell dormant with the last titleholder crowned in 2009.
We are currently looking for contestants, volunteers, sponsors and donations. All expenses for hosting the pageant and for Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee to travel throughout the State and to the national competition are obtained through fundraising efforts, donations and contestant sponsors.
Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee follows the guidelines set forth under the Ms. Wheelchair America (www.mswheelchairamerica.org) organization. While contestants are showcased in a pageant format, Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is not a beauty contest. It is a competition to select the most accomplished and articulate spokesperson for persons with disabilities across the State of Tennessee. Contestants take part in a one-day program, including workshops and several rounds of questioning by a panel of judges. The program culminates in a formal ceremony to feature the contestants and to name Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. At the formal ceremony contestants present their platform speeches and answer fishbowl questions asked by the judges.
Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is charged with a continuing effort to educate the public regarding the dignity, productiveness and basic values of people with disabilities. She must be able to communicate both the needs and abilities of her constituency to the general public, the business community and government. Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will have the opportunity to travel and make public appearances. She will ultimately represent Tennessee at the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in Providence, Rhode Island in August.
To be eligible, all contestants must be women ages 21-60, Tennessee residents and use a wheelchair as a primary source for daily mobility. All criteria are the same for Junior Miss except the age range which is 13-20 and 6-12 for Little Miss. Only Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee competes in the national pageant.
For more information, to make a donation or request an application, contact Samantha Moreno at 865-288-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also accepting nominations for contestants.