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Miss USA helps build Habitat home during pageant festivities

Miss USA helps build Habitat for Humanity home during pageant festivities

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 29, 2005) — Shandi Finnessey, the reigning Miss USA, will help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Annapolis during festivities leading up the 2005 pageant. She will be joined by government officials and volunteers from Cover Girl to help put the finishing touches on the Habitat home that will belong to Mark Beavers and his daughter, Markese.

The Habitat home is located at 82 Clay St., Annapolis, MD, 21401. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 30, beginning at 9 a.m.

Finnessey is a native of Florissant, Mo., and working on a master’s degree in counseling at Lindenwood University. As a model, performer and writer, Finnessey has appeared in television commercials, print and billboard advertising, and has written a book for children titled, “The Furrtails.” She enjoys playing the violin and piano, painting abstracts, practicing yoga and meditation and knitting in her spare time.

“We are honored to have Shandi, Cover Girl and the Miss Universe Organization working to not only help build a home with a family in need, but also help promote Habitat’s mission in this community, just blocks from Maryland’s State House and Capitol, and around the world,” said Yarrow, director of development for Arundel Habitat for Humanity.

The Miss USA Pageant will air nationally on Monday, April 11, on NBC.

About the Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE*, MISS USA* and MISS TEEN USA* Pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and National Broadcasting Co. Inc. (NBC) partnership.

About Arundel Habitat for Humanity
Arundel Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Arundel Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1987 and has built or renovated more than 65 houses in Anne Arundel County.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.
www.habitat.org