INTERVALE — Eleven local women took to the stage on Sunday, March 15, for the Valley Ms. pageant helping to raise more than $7,000 for local non-profits. Presented by Mount Washington Valley Promotions, the collaborative fundraising event was hosted by Theater in the Wood in Intervale.
Each woman was scored in interview, runway and public speaking by a panel of judges. In addition, each was asked to collect funds for her chosen non-profit, those figures also factoring into the final score.
At the end of the pageantry, Laurie Ramsey, representing Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, was crowned 2020 Valley Ms. and earned a donation of $500 in addition to the funds she raised in her cash can. Amanda Trickett, representing Connect A Pet New England, claimed the runner-up position. The top fundraiser was also Ramsey.
The other contestants were Amanda Allard, representing White Mountains Pride; Sherri Billings, representing Friends of the Fryeburg Public Library; LeeAnna Bushey, representing North Conway Community Center; Holly Fougere, representing Project SUCCEED; Bridget Goerss, representing Starting Point; Amanda Knudsen, representing Valley Vision Channel 1301; Kaitlyn Marshall, representing M&D Playhouse; Amelia Severy, representing Conway Area Humane Society; and Katie Young, representing Believe in Books Literacy Foundation.
Reigning Mount Washington Valley Mr. Christopher Bellis served as emcee of the event. The 2018 Mount Washington Valley Ms. MacKenzie Herlihy, assisted by Mr. Mount Washington Valley Teen, Logan Snell, passed the crown to the new queen.
Entertainment was provided by Bill Willis. Local businesses donated “swag” items for all of the participants so everyone who participated, and their causes, were winners in the end.
Event organizer and Valley Promotions Executive Director Lisa DuFault was pleased with the collaboration.
“It was a difficult weekend with health concerns," DuFault said. "Not only did these ladies represent their chosen organizations well, they truly helped one another before and during the event, making new friends and wonderful connections.”
Photos of the event are available on Facebook at Lisa Valleypromos DuFault.