MISS UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE
Chelsey Sayasane, 2017 Miss University of Mobile
For the next year, Sayasane will represent University of Mobile at various events, including the Miss Alabama pageant this summer at Samford University in Birmingham. Participation in this pageant is the next stage of the Miss America pageants across the United States.
“Getting to represent University of Mobile at Miss Alabama is my dream come true,” said Sayasane. “I’m in shock, but I’m so thankful for this opportunity the Lord has given me.”
Sayasane also looks forward to expanding her platform “Coats of Many Colors.” Through this project, Sayasane collects coats at Saraland High School, Bridgeway Academy and Merle Norman in Saraland. Each of these coats is distributed directly to the homeless, particularly homeless men, in the city of Mobile. So far, she has collected more than 800 coats.
“My hope is to establish a large group of volunteers who will help with the collection and distribution process,” said Sayasanne, “but it’s much more than giving away free coats. I want those who are homeless to know they are not forgotten, that we see them in their struggle. This is about building relationships in our community.”
Prior to being crowned by Miss University of Mobile 2016 Miranda Freeman, Sayasane won the People’s Choice award in addition to the swimsuit portion. For her talent, she performed Michael Buble’s hit rendition of “Feeling Good.”
Coats of Many Colors
Coats of Many Colors started as an organization that not only provides for the homeless, but strives to build relationships with the homeless community across the Gulf Coast. The organization began its start with a simple “Hello.” Chelsey Sayasane met a man that would forever change her heart. An unusual friendship began to grow in a small-town coffeeshop in Saraland, Alabama. Mr. Jimmy lives his life under a interstate bridge in Mobile, Alabama. “Every homeless man and woman needs a coat” said Mr. Jimmy. This sparked a passion in Chelsey’s life striving to make a difference not only in Mr. Jimmy’s life but in her community.
Coats of Many Colors collects coats throughout each month and distributes nearly 300 coats at the end of every month. The organization teams up with One Meal one Sunday out of the moth. One Meal feeds the homeless every Sunday and has provided Sunday dinners for over seven years. If you want to join the team, please contact us! We are changing the world, one coat at a time.