Pageant queens serve barbecue in Chelsea July 15

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

CHELSEA – A host of beautiful local celebrities will be serving barbecue for charity at Chelsea’s Johnny Ray’s on Friday, July 15.

Johnny Ray’s will host the Children’s Miracle Network Celebrity Waitress Event. Celebrity waitresses include Miss Alabama 2011 Courtney Porter, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2011 Mi’a Callens and the top ten finalists of the Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen 2011 pageant.

The ladies will serve Johnny Ray’s customers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All tip money they receive during the specified time will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, which donates money to 170 children’s hospitals across the nation.

Cassandra Callens, Mi’a Callens’ mother said the Miss America pageants support the Children’s Miracle Network, and Mi’a chose to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a separate platform for her campaign as Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen. According to Cassandra, the contestants for the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen pageant must be between the ages of 13 and 17, while contestants for the Miss Alabama pageant range from 17 to 24

“(Chelsea’s Johnny Ray’s) owner is Miranda Carter,” Cassandra said. “This restaurant is very supportive of any type of community service and charity fund raisers. The (celebrity waitresses) get all tip money raised tomorrow night from 5-9 p.m., and all of the money will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.”

The Johnny Ray’s in Chelsea is located at 10569 Old Highway 280. For directions, call 678-8418.