Canton mom crowned Mrs. Massachusetts International

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Melissa Novaco, 28, of Canton, was crowned Mrs. Massachusetts International this month and will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2016 during the final competition in Jacksonville, Florida, July 22-23.

mrs-massNovaco is the active mom of two young children and works as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. She also volunteers her time and talents to support several local nonprofit organizations, including Hand Delivered Hope, which she will promote as her platform during her reign as Mrs. Massachusetts International.

Hand Delivered Hope is a Massachusetts-based community organization that provides street outreach to those who are struggling with addiction and call the streets their home. Hand Delivered Hope’s goal is to provide those in both active addiction and recovery with basic necessities, education, recovery resources and, most importantly, hope for the future.

“I love the idea of being in a ‘beauty pageant’ to represent something so ‘devastating’ and ‘ugly,’” said Novaco. “Together, with Hand Delivered Hope, I plan to work with others to rid the stigmas associated with addiction by educating the public that addition is, in fact, a disease and not a choice. No one should feel hopeless or worthless.”

In addition to each contestant’s charitable platform, International Pageants, Inc. also supports the National Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program through volunteer and financial support. The Go Red for Women movement is dedicated to fighting heart disease among women.

The Mrs. International Pageant is owned and operated by International Pageants, Inc., which also operates Miss International and Miss Teen International pageants. It is the only platform-based pageant system dedicated to highlighting women’s accomplishments through community support.

Mrs. International showcases married women 21 to 56 years old and features three categories of competition, including interview, evening gown, and fitness wear. For more information, visit www.mrsinternational.com.

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