After much suspense, the crown and sash of the resurrected Miss Andersonville pageant went to Kevin Romero, who raised over $5,000 for the non-profit pH Comedy Theater. Unlike the Miss Andersonville beauty pageants of yesteryear (1965-1989), 2015’s winner was determined by how much money they were able raise for their local charity. Kevin accepted the title on Sunday night of Midsommarfest with a polished pageant wave and perfected pose. Brett Mannes of pH Comedy Theater MC’d the pageant and riled the crowd in support of their favorite contestants. After the crowning, Miss Andersonville wowed the crowd with an impromptu performance of “Faith” accompanied by 16 Candles.
The runner up was Mark King (AKA Ima Beth Seller) with just under $4,500 raised for Friends of Andersonville, a non-profit organization that promotes youth literacy programs. The six contestants combined raised a whopping $16,000 for local charities in a competitive race that involved talent shows, TV appearances, backstage dance parties, and plastic trombones. Everyone had a great time and each charity came out a winner! Check out our Miss Andersonville page for a list of contestants and the final results.
Kevin considers himself lucky to have won the title and is grateful for all the love and support. “This adventure was really fun for me and I will do my best to represent Andersonville and pH Theater throughout this year. Thanks again for the support – you made it happen!”
Look for Miss Andersonville to make appearances at other neighborhood events throughout the year.
For more Miss Andersonville fun, check out WGN’s coverage of the event here, including a special performance by Miss Andersonville himself.