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The national competition of Ms. Wheelchair USA is returning to Cuyahoga Falls on July 28 and 29 at the CenterStage Theatre in the Walsh Jesuit High School Complex. The national finalists began arriving on July 24 from all over the country, and will enjoy area activities and attractions and then on to compete for the coveted crown in two-nights, of televised live on-stage competition. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
"Our national contestants are very excited and all are poised and ready to win the crown," Lowery Lockard, executive producer of Ms. Wheelchair USA said. "This year's show 'Oh, The Places We Will Go' will feature the top 10 national finalists, firemen from the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department, 20 local children, and amazing stories and achievements by women with disabilities. We are very glad to be back in Cuyahoga Falls, and look forward to making Walsh Jesuit's CenterStage Theatre a long-term home.
"The show is both educational and fun for all who attend. The contestants this year are amazing, and range from college graduates to moms and grandmas each has a unique and inspirational story to tell. They set a true example for all who will meet and see them compete," she said. One national focus of the Ms. Wheelchair USA organization is accessible travel opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and this year's show highlights those opportunities as evidenced by the international travel that the reigning Ms. Wheelchair USA has done throughout her year of service. The reigning Ms Wheelchair USA Sylvia Longmire has travelled from Denver to Dublin, and has blogged about the opportunities that are available for people with disabilities to travel all over the world.
Longmire will be on hand as part of the production along with Mistress of Ceremonies WTAM's Brooke Taylor. The MWUSA Communications Team will be reaching out through numerous social media channels, answering questions, and posting updates throughout the week and during the live competitions. Serving on the team is Amy Allen, Olympian Harry Lester and Ms. Wheelchair USA's Ambassador Dianna Warren.
The Ms. Wheelchair USA program is promoting glamour, self-confidence and community service; celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities. This nationally broadcast, competition promises exciting activities, family fun, friendly competitions, and is designed to showcase the successful stories of women who have overcome obstacles and are uniquely contributing to our society. There is no age limit (contestants must be at least 18) or marital status requirement to compete. The pageant is presented by The Dane Foundation and has support from Schwartz, Roller & Zwilling, Invacare, and CareStar.
"There are many ways for the community to be involved, volunteer, participate, and help support the program and contestants," Lockard said. Tickets are still available to purchase in advance at a discount price or at the door as seats are available. For the Friday night competition, tickets are $25 presale or $35 night of show. For the finale competition tickets are $35 and $40 each and include the Coronation Ball that immediately follows the crowning of the new Ms. Wheelchair USA. Special group rates are still available for groups of 10 or more at a discounted price. For ticket information, to sponsor, or volunteer contact Ms. Wheelchair USA national headquarters at 330-612-5242 or email at Info@MsWheelchairUSA.org. More information is also available on the pageant's website at www.MsWheelchairUSA.org or the Facebook page.