Extended care holds annual pageant

LAWRENCEVILLE - At 7 p.m. Thursday, six young-at-heart ladies will vie for the title of Miss Gwinnett Extended Care Center 2009 at Gwinnett Medical Center's eighth annual pageant.

The winner of "Queens of the Masquerade Ball" will not only capture the tiara, but move on to represent GECC at the 34th Annual Ms. Georgia Nursing Home pageant in Atlanta next month.

Medical center COO Jay Dennard will emcee the pageant and Naval Junior ROTC students from Duluth High School will serve as escorts. Judges will include hospital associates and Miss Teen 2009, Amanda Hendrix.

In addition to the overall winner, winners will be crowned in individual categories such as Best Sense of Humor, Ms. Congeniality, Most Zest for Life and Best Personality.

Hospital spokeswoman Andrea Wehrmann said the pageant is a way to highlight GECC residents to the community and "showcase their zest for life."

"The energy and compassion of the residents and staff make dreams come true for these ladies who were never were able to participate in pageants before now," Wehrmann said. "(The care center) is making dreams come true for residents 80 years young."

SideBar: 80 years young

The contestants are:

Caryl Cosmer, 80

Betty Ann Kalenack, 67

Esther Scroggs, 91

Annie Carter, 86

Helen Davis, 85

Lorene Wallis, 72