From The Tribune staff reports
ALABAMA – The Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc. organization will have queens and members of their Board of Directors in all 10 Chicos stores on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The Ms. Senior Alabama women will greet shoppers, assist in choosing styles, model clothing, and encourage other women that you have a purpose in the community at all ages, and it is never too late to fulfill your dreams.
The theme for Ms. Senior Alabama 2023 is “Dare to Dream…Don’t dream your life – live your dreams.” Titleholders from throughout the years will be in all 10 Chicos stores along with area queens, both past and current delegates.
The current Ms. Senior Alabama 2022 Susan Downs will be in the Spanish Fort Chicos location. Susan is the founder of the nonprofit, Kid’s Play Alabama, providing resources for children to participate in sports. Susan is also mother to the last Miss Alabama to win Miss America, Dr. Deidre Downs.
The current Ms. Super Senior Alabama 2022 Carol Hara will be in the Dothan location. Carol is 80 years old and swims laps at the community center weekly, performs Theatrical Storytelling, and volunteers in food kitchens, senior centers, and schools.
Ms. Senior Alabama 2021, who was Miss Alabama 1984, and then Ms. Senior World 60s 2022, Tammy Little Haynes will be in a Huntsville location. Ms. Senior Alabama 2009, who went on to win Ms. Super Senior Universe, Sally Beth Vick will be in the Foley location.
The Dare to Dream theme was taken from Susan Down’s philosophy of life: “Dare to dream! Life is a journey and opportunities and adventures don’t always find us, we have to find them. Search for ways to grow, whether it is learning a new skill, taking a class, joining a group, making a new friend or volunteering where needed. I decided to make a life-long dream come true at age 65 when I founded a non-profit. I am constantly amazed at the impact that decision has had on my life. Experience life to its fullest each and every day, grab every opportunity and dare to dream what you thought was impossible.”
Dare to Dream with a Queen at Chicos, April 1, 2023:
Trussville: Ms. Senior Trussville 23 Temple Wells, Ms. Senior Fultondale 23 Cindy Piteo, Ms. Senior Bessemer 23 Crystal Neville, and Ms. Super Senior Birmingham 23 Rosia Underwood
Leeds: Ms. Senior Talladega 23 Shirley Hamilton, Ms. Super Senior Crossville 23 Vicki Hatcher, Ms. Super Senior North East Alabama 23 Elizabeth Fell, and Ms. Senior Center Point 22 Gloria Williams
Birmingham (Summit): Ms. Senior Hoover 23 Donna Francavilla, Ms. Senior Birmingham 23 Tawana Lowery, Ms. Senior Adamsville 23 Mildred Watson, Ms. Super Senior Alabaster 23 Brenda Wilson, and Vice Chair of the Board Marilyn Sills
Spanish Fort: Ms. Senior Alabama 2022 Susan Downs, Ms. Senior Daphne 23 Lori Cox, Ms. Senior Fairhope 23 Cindy Kozlowski, and Chair of the Board of Directors, Kim Crawford Meeks
Foley: Ms. Senior Alabama 2009 Sally Beth Vick
Dothan: Ms. Super Senior Alabama 2022 Carol Hara, Ms. Senior Alabama 2017 Sara Jo Burks, and Ms. Senior Houston County 20 Claire Paquette
Montgomery: Ms. Senior Helena 23 Kathy Paiml, Ms. Super Senior Magic City 23 Pauline Vaughn Murphy, and Ms. Senior Shelby County 23 Debra White
Tuscaloosa: Ms. Super Senior Walker Co. 23 Marilyn Jent, Ms. Senior Alabama 2020 Cindy Dixon, and Judges Liaison Tammy Jones
Huntsville (Parkway): Ms. Super Senior Huntsville 23 Kathy Chan, and Ms. Senior Alabama 2021 Tammy Little Haynes
Huntsville (Bridge St.): Ms. Senior Cullman 23 Angie Carter, Ms. Senior Hazel Green 23 Sharon Terrell, Secretary of the Board of Directors Lorraine Bole, and Backstage Director Sally Quinn
Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc. is a 501 c3 organization dedicated to enrich the lives of senior women, while offering opportunities for them to share their experiences, wisdom, and interests with others. The Ms. Senior Alabama competition is for women ages 60 – 69, and the Ms. Super Senior Alabama competition is for women ages 70 and above. MSA promotes confidence and strives to build self-esteem through encouragement of peers. The women form friendships and network all over the state of Alabama. Our goal is to inspire women to pursue interests and dreams through our message that it is never too late, and you always have a purpose. Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc. has been in existence since 1985. The organization is made up of a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to ensure that Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc. has the necessary resources to carry out its purpose of funding the Ms. Senior Alabama State Pageant, as well as securing the most outstanding senior woman to represent the state. Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc. functions exclusively for charitable, educational, and entertainment purposes to keep older adults informed on matters of interest to them and their welfare. The mission of Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc. is to provide advocacy for senior women via a statewide organization.