Here they are, Miss RI Charity pageant winners


Eight girls from around Rhode Island were crowned during the first annual Miss Rhode Island Charity Benefit Pageant Sept. 21, held at Kickemuit MIddle School. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Jason Case, judge; Miss Rhode Island Charity Princess Madison Hisey of Riverside; Little Miss Petite Charity Katarina DeStefano of Bristol;  Mini Miss Charity Ryanna Andrews of Warren; Miss Pre-Teen Charity Carissa Correia of Bristol; Charity Princess Larissa Hisey of Riverside; Miss Teen U.S.A. Katie Bergentine, judge; Miss Charity Bryanna Cox of Exeter; Miss Charity Alicia Lombardi of Grafton, Mass.; Miss Teen Charity Breanna Rego of East Providence; Kelly Macintosh, judge; and Christina Couto, judge.

The pageant was a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter.

Since being crowned, the girls have attended many charitable events, including walks for heart health awareness, breast cancer, and the Southern New England's Women's Expo.

Several girls will be making a personal appearance at this Saturday's Celebrity Pianist Concert, a Friends charity fund-raiser to be held at Linden Place Ball Room, from 2 - 4 p.m.



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