Mackey crowned 2017 Miss COTR (with gallery)

10-7-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Sally Mackey is crowned 2017 Miss Christmas on the River by 2016 Miss Christmas on the River JaKeira Washington at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Miss Christmas on the River has been a time honored tradition for 46 years. Freshman through Senior class young ladies from Demopolis and the surrounding areas compete in hopes of representing Christmas on the River during all of the wonderful holiday festivities that year. Twelve young ladies competed for the title of Miss Christmas on the River 2017 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. They showed their personality, charm and intelligence in an interview with the judges prior to gliding across the stage to present their poise and beauty to win the coveted title.

After all of the scores had been tallied, the top five were called to the stage to answer a question to show their ability to speak in public and to think on their feet. The scores were then tallied again and a new Miss COTR and royal court were decided.

Wearing an elegant black off the shoulder gown embellished with rhinestones on the sleeves was 4th alternate, Sidney Alyn Atkins. Abigayle Marie Quinney was named 3rd alternate in a classic off the shoulder black evening dress. In a gorgeous Fuchsia one shouldered gown, SueEllen Marie Broussard was awarded 2nd alternate. 1st alternate was McKenzie Lane Walker wearing a beautiful black evening gown outlined in rhinestones.
Sally Katherine Mackey was crowned Miss Christmas on the River 2017 wearing a stunning Sherri Hill Ball Gown encrusted with multi-colored crystals. Sally was also honored with the title of Miss Congeniality which is chosen by the other contestants. She is the daughter of Bill and Lori Mackey and is a student at Demopolis High School.

Sally is no stranger to representing Christmas on the River. Growing up with the tradition of the Christmas on the River pageants she has represented the Little Miss and Miss Jr. Christmas on the River titles and was part of the Young Miss Christmas on the River Royal Court. “I was honestly shocked at being crowned but extremely honored to be awarded the title and will represent it to the best of my abilities,” Mackey said

The Tradition continues with the remaining three pageants starting Monday at the Demopolis Civic Center: Miss Junior COTR is Monday October 9th at 7pm, Young Miss COTR is Tuesday October 10th at 7pm and Little Miss COTR is Wednesday October 11th at 6pm.

A Mission that Hits Home

Colgrove_6122Thirteen year old Mary-McClain Colgrove is making it her mission to stop human trafficking by education and making dresses. Being the Alabama Teen Ambassador for Dress a girl Around the World, she is doing her job with a passion to stop this growing crime. “Knowing that the girls out there that this crime is effecting, are around my age, pushes me even more. If these girls are dressed in nice dresses, the predators out there will think they are cared for and will leave them alone,” stated Mary-McClain.

Last Monday, Colgrove got a group of 13 girls from the Demopolis Middle School involved. With the help of Traci Pearson and her grandmother, Linda Jones, they taught the girls how to use the sewing machines. “This way, when we get together next month, we can actually make the dresses ourselves,” said Colgrove. It’s enlightening to think that the girls making these dresses are the exact ages that would be targeted and abducted for this crime. The plan is for the girls to meet each month in the DMS library to make these dresses.

Mary-McClain and her events have already provided 53 dresses. They were personally handed out when Pollie Meggs, a missionary from Tuscaloosa, went to Serbia. Mary-McClain has made it her goal to provide 100 dresses from the Demopolis area to be handed out to young ladies in need.

Colgrove has been organizing these events all over town in homes and churches. Her next event will be Monday the 20th at the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis. It starts at 6pm and everyone is welcome. You can bring a new pillowcase and sewing machines, if you have them. You don’t have to have these things to come, just a willingness to help this young lady in her mission to dress a girl around the world.