Relay, Shontae!

Published 12:05 am Saturday, March 3, 2012


I t is surely to be a night to remember as a host of beautiful young women from Andalusia and the surrounding areas take the stage in the first-ever Relay for Life Runway Show.

A collaboration between Angie Parker, owner and photographer of Parker Photography, and Dianne Jones of the Andalusia Adult Activity Center, the event is set for 7 p.m., on Fri., March 10, at the Adult Activity Center.

“This show will be a professional runway show, from start to finish,” Parker said.

Tickets are $10 per person, and $5 for children 6 and under.

“Even those who are not stricken with the illness are touched in some way by the deadly disease,” Parker said of cancer. “You probably know someone who is fighting this horrible battle and if you don’t, then chances are you will.

“Cancer changes your life,” she said. “You learn what’s important; you learn to prioritize, and you learn not to waste your time. You tell people you love them and they tell you the same.

“My father, William “Bill” Cross, who passed on Sept. 2, 2011, from lung cancer, even on his last day of life said often, ‘Count it all joy,’” she said.

“Those words inspired me to become a better person and to do everything I could possible to make a difference,” she said. “It is our goal for this event to bring additional awareness to this disease and to contribute to finding a cure.”

Models, who are affiliated with Parker Photography and the Lower Alabama Photography Division, will be showcasing clothing lines from Oasis, Elegant Apparel, Maurices, Touch of Country and other local retailers. Staging will be provided by MaryAnn’s.

On the entertainment front, the Sweet Magnolia Gypsies will be performing a tribal dance routine; the Company Dance Center will be performing a dance routine mixed with hip-hop, jazz and more, while vocal entertainment will be provided by Salynn Mullen, Daryll Blakely and Nathan and Kayla Bagwell.

Parker said at closing, there will be a candlelight ceremony in remembrance of those who have passed on. Participants may purchase leaves for $5 to commemorate loved ones, which will be displayed on a Tree of Remembrance. To purchase a leaf before the event, contact Angie Parker at 334-892-2257 or by email at


On the catwalk:

Jakelyn Carter

Candice Sosebee

Ansley Shipp

Candice McNeill

Alexa Watson

Courtney Lawson

Amy Morrison Jacobs

Jade Maddox Taylor

Autumn Marie Spicer

Chelsea Moseley

Brittany Paige Smith

Cassey Hayes

Brennan Woodham

Kimberly Teel