NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Bailey Alice Lennon will be featured in the Newtown Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 5, as the most beautiful baby in Connecticut, after her photo won the Homes For Our Troops Beautiful Baby Contest.
Bailey is 11 months old and her parents, Meghan and Mark Lennon, live in Southbury. Her grandmother, Pam Curley, of Naugatuck, entered her photo.
The contest is a fundraiser for the nation's wounded military. One hundred percent of the money raised is donated to the national nonprofit Homes For Our Troops, which builds specially adapted houses for soldiers returning with life-altering injuries.
"I feel that these are American soldiers, and we're Americans," contest founder Lois Barber told Daily Voice in March. "We have to help these guys because they're not getting all the services that they need to continue on with their lives."
This year's contest funds are earmarked for Army Ranger Sean Pesce of West Haven. He was shot through the spine and is now permanently paralyzed.
Next year's contest will help support Marine Corps Cpl. Roger Rua from Naugatuck, who was also shot in the back. His home will be built in ether Cheshire or Middlebury.
Photos entered in the contest were placed on a special board, with a slot above each picture. As the board was placed various locations, people "voted" with their dollars.
If you would like to enter a photo in next year's 2017's Beautiful Baby Contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when the contest begins next year. Photos will be collected starting in February. The entry fee is a $10 donation, made payable to Homes for Our Troops.
The contest is for children newborn to 4 years old. The child does not need to live in Newtown to win, but should be able to travel to Newtown for the Labor Day Parade, held every year on holiday.
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