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Christmas Extravaganza

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Area residents strutted their stuff down the runway of the Atmore Area YMCA and Community Center Saturday night at the Concerned Citizens of Atmore inaugural Christmas Ball and Hair Extravaganza.
Concerned Citizen Shanda Williams said the event came about as a way to raise money for others in the community.
"It was an idea for a fundraiser," Williams said. "We do a lot of things in the community and help a lot of people."
One of the more recent fundraisers the Concerned Citizens have been active in is Toys for Tots, which funds gifts for needy families during Christmas.
At the event Saturday night, models showed off hairstyles, clothing and makeup, which featured beauty salons including Tomese Styles, Natalie's Styles of Beauty and Heavenly Hair. Judges Aretha Dailey, La Teshia Jackson and Renee Parker chose Tomese Styles for third place, Heavenly Hair for second place and the winner was Natalie's Styles of Beauty.
Concerned Citizens president Wayne Gray Sr. said the event was great and that the group hopes to host it many years to come.
"I think it was a success, we were pleased with the turnout," he said. "The committee talked a little bit afterwards about some things we could improve, but we are going to try and make it an annual event."
Gray also said he appreciates all those who attended the event.