(The following news release was submitted by Marianne Eisenbrandt, a local freelance writer who also works with the Chamber of Commerce).
Some people may believe that the annual Miss Shorewood Contest is a beauty contest but they are wrong.
Organizers of the contest stress that the event is not a beauty contest. It was noted that they are looking for well rounded young ladies to represent the Village of Shorewood.
The Miss Shorewood Contest is open to girls’ ages 14-16 currently enrolled in high school. All contestants must live in Shorewood.
Judging is based on the contestants writing skills, poise, personality and community involvement. Each contestant will be asked to submit a prepared essay on what they are currently doing to improve the community.
Tanya Delrose, contest chairperson, said DIVAS Salon & Spa, sponsor of the Miss Shorewood Contest, has been an active member of the Shorewood Chamber of Commerce (host of the annual Shorewood Crossroads Festival) since opening 17 years ago.
DIVAS took over sponsoring the contest over nine years ago.
“We support Shorewood HUGS and many other local organizations; I myself have been a member of the Joliet Junior Women’s Club for 15 years,” Delrose said.
“We value community service very much and feel that it is important to recognize and support the young ladies in our community that are working to make a difference at such a young age.”
Delrose said Miss Shorewood 2011 Hailey Peterbok was a big inspiration in changing the essay question from what “would” you do to improve your community to what “are” you doing to improve your community.
The fact that Peterbok took all her winnings and donated them to a charity (Humane Society) did not go unnoticed and we commend her for that, Delrose said.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.
The winner will receive a $200 donation in her name to a charity of her choice and a $300 shopping spree. The first runner-up will receive a beauty package valued at $300 and second runner-up will receive a jewelry package valued at $200.
Applications must be returned to DIVAS by June 1 and can be picked up at DIVAS, 707 W. Jefferson St., and also on the chamber website www.CrossroadsFest.com.
Judging will take place at 6 p.m. June 3 at DIVAS. For more information contact Delrose at 815-730-9359.
The official announcement and crowning of Miss Shorewood Crossroads will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at the Shorewood Village Hall.