Merit-based pageant supports charitable foundation founded by Mountain Ridge alumna

Chloe Wildman

CUMBERLAND — The Extraordinary Hearts Foundation Inc. is seeking applicants to participate in its first Miss & Ms. Extraordinary Heart Pageant.

The charitable organizatioin was established by Mountain Ridge alumna Chloe Wildman on Valentine’s Day 2017. After she talked with patients and families at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Wildman decided to do something more to assist those who are in need of financial and emotional support as the result of extreme medical situations. 

Wildman is familiar with the pageant and fundraising world. In 2017, she was selected Miss Maryland’s Outstanding Teen and finished as a finalist in the national competition held in Orlando, Florida. As a titleholder, she raised funds for local foundations as well as the Children’s Miracle Network, the official charity of the Miss America Pageant.

Wildman along with members of the board of directors have established the Extraordinary Heart Pageant to achieve several goals. The event will help to raise funds for the foundation and crown two young women to serve as ambassadors for the year.

The pageant is open to girls and women who live in the tri-state area, are community service driven and are seeking to make an impact on the world around them.

Ms. Extraordinary Heart will be awarded to a woman age 18 to 26; participation is not limited by marital status.

Miss Extraordinary Heart will be awarded to a girl age 13 to 17.

The pageant is not a beauty based event but is strictly based on merit. Women of all shapes, sizes, races, cultures, social classes and abilities are encouraged to compete to be ambassadors for the year. Ms. & Miss Extraordinary Heart will spend their year of service promoting the Extraordinary Hearts Foundation and its mission to provide assistance to those with extreme medical needs via appearances at events, fundraisers and community service opportunities.

Phases of competition will include private interview with the judges panel, fundraising and outreach proposal, talent, poise (formal wear), on stage interview and self-choreographed fitness.

The pageant and silent auction will be held Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Gunter Hotel. 

The prize package includes official crown and sash; self-defense classes at Ryoma Academy of Martial Arts in Frostburg; custom Keep Collective jewelry provided by Jessica Spalding; a beauty package from Hair Depot & Tropical Sun Tanning in Keyser; and numerous gift cards.

Additional corporate sponsors include the Gunter Hotel and Toasted Goat Winery, Fat Boys Pizza, Independent Ink, Sheetz of Frostburg, A Touch of Class Salon and Carisa Fazenbaker Photography.

The foundation is continuing to seek sponsors.

Applicants and others seeking more information should email extraordinaryheartsfoundation@gmail.com.

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