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FHU’s Future Marketers Plan Special Needs Beauty Pageant

Henderson, Tenn. - Jan 23, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University’s Society of Future Marketers will present the Fifth Annual Daughters of Job Pageant Jan. 28 at 2:00pm. The event will be in FHU’s Ayers Auditorium in the Brown Kopel Business Center.

The Daughters of Job Special Needs Beauty Pageant is an event for families who have been affected by developmental disabilities. It is a time when family members can celebrate those who are affected and show them how much they are loved.

Kati Yenawine, a senior finance major from Jackson, Tennessee and a member of SFA, began the pageant in 2013 at Jackson Christian School. Yenawine’s inspiration to serve came from volunteering with Special Needs Athletics. During her high school career, Yenawine attended many of SNA’s Thursday night games and made close relationships with the participants. As she continued to volunteer, Yenawine wanted to do something unique for them.

The pageant was born out of Jackson Christian School’s “The Power of One” project. The project sponsored a different non-profit organization each month. Yenawine held the pageant in honor of Special Needs Athletics to help raise money for the organization.

The pageant’s name comes from Job 42:15. The verse says, “In all the land there were no women found as beautiful as the daughters of Job.” Yenawine chose this verse because she wanted the contestants to know they are beautiful.

Prior to the event, contestants and attendees will be able to participate in various activities, including a photo booth. The pageant consists of the presentation of each contestant and a talent portion. Each participant is given a chance to show off his or her confidence and skills. At the end, contestants are given a thank you gift for being in the pageant.

Admission to the pageant is free; however, donations may be made to Special Needs Athletics and profit from the sale of t-shirts prior to the event will also go to SNA. Over the past four years, more than $7,000 has been raised for Special Needs Athletics. The Society of Future Marketers hopes to continue the pageant for years to come, organizers say.