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Hope Anderson hopes a style show will spread some Christmas cheer — and what she feels is an important message.
Anderson will emcee the Something Special Style Show at the Princess Theatre to benefit the Children's Miracle Network this Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m.
"What a great way to celebrate the reason for the Christmas Season, by ensuring that sick children in Louisiana receive the medical attention they deserve," said Anderson, currently reigning Miss Monroe and the 2009 first runner-up for Miss Louisiana.
As a Miss Louisiana contestant, Anderson is a spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network, which raises money and awareness of children's health issues.
The proceeds from the Something Special Style Show will go to benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Anderson emphasized the role events like the show play in the lives of children.
"I've seen firsthand how CMN takes the burden off families struggling to pay medical bills," Anderson said. "Your donation and support of the Something Special Style Show will ensure this worthwhile organization continues impacting the lives of Louisiana citizens."
During the style show, local girls will model fashion and accessories. Also, the show will feature performances by Anderson and others.
"The show will have something for everyone — children, teens and adults," Anderson said. "You'll find a perfect outfit to wear for those holiday get-togethers, get some Christmas shopping done and enjoy entertainment — all in one event."
Anderson will also use the style show as a platform to spread her message to young women.
Her platform statement, titled "Love the Skin your In: Invest in Others and Win," is something Anderson said she truly believes in.
"Investing in others has always been an integral part of my life," Anderson said. "I grew up volunteering."
Anderson said everyone feels they have flaws, such as concerns about height or weight.
"In spite of those perceived imperfections, people need to be reminded of their worth," Anderson said. "Embracing those innate strengths, gifts and specials talents to impact society on every level is what my platform emphasizes and what truly matters in life."
Anderson has worked to spread that platform through her involvement in the Miss Louisiana organization.
She was first crowned Miss Crescent City New Orleans in 2007. Last year, Anderson competed in the Miss Louisiana Pageant, representing the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
During the 2009 Miss Louisiana competition in June, Anderson won the preliminary swimsuit competition. She went on to finish second in the pageant and is the current first runner-up to Miss Louisiana.
Anderson said though she's what some people call a "beauty queen," pageants aren't just about looking good in gowns and swimsuits.
Anderson is a 4.0 student at ULM and has earned more than $20,000 in scholarships during her time in pageants.
A Monroe native, Anderson has deep ties to the Winnsboro area.
Her grandparents, Mari and DeWitt Robinson, have lived in Winnsboro for more than 65 years. Her mother, Onna Gallagher, graduated from Winnsboro High School and recalled afternoons spent at the Princess Theatre — when a ticket cost only 75 cents.
"Hope loves the fact that the community is using the theatre to connect and grow the parish art world," said Gallagher.
Despite her achievements, Anderson said the style show — and her path to pageant success — has always been about more than "just me."
She has raised more than $6,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. Also, Anderson serves as a spokesperson for Pilots for Patients, an air transportation service for those in medical need.
Tickets for the Something Special Style Show are $25 per couple and $10 each per extra person. Individual tickets are available for $15 each. Tickets can be purchased at the door.