AcceptableME, a social impact initiative created by a young woman from Camden, is hosting "A Day to Love Yourself" for all body types, sexual orientations and ages.

The event takes place Sunday, June 6, from noon to 5 p.m. outside The Belfast Center at 9 Field St.

The event will feature food, activities for individuals of all ages, 15-minute sessions with Jessica Michael Photography in studio, raffles, giveaways, Lularoe clothing and more.

The event is an AcceptableME fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the Miss Maine Scholarship Fund.

Shannon Hopkins, who created AcceptableME, is heading to the Miss Maine 2021 competition in less than a month. She is Miss Knox County and was crowned 2019 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen, where she also won Miss Congeniality.

Hopkins describes AcceptableME as "leading the way for all individuals in today’s society fighting to be accepted for the way they are, whether 'short,' 'tall,' 'big,' or 'small.'"

The initiative helps "them stand up against society stating that they can be accepted for themselves and be treated with respect while being authentic to themselves," she said.

"I’ve worked really hard to get to this point," Hopkins said. She hopes to take home the Miss Maine title and "to represent the first plus-size girl to compete as Miss America and change stereotypes."

As contestant for the Miss Maine title, Hopkins and all contestants take on the challenge of fundraising to help provide scholarships to individuals in Maine, while contributing to their communities through their social initiatives.

While most people think of Miss America as a swimsuit competition, that is no longer true of the new, Miss America 2.0, Hopkins explained. Miss America has eliminated the swimsuit competition.

Fundraiser event tickets are $20 for adults, $10 kids, or $40 for a family of five. Upgrades with Jessica Michael Photography for a mini or boudoir session are $25 for 15 minutes. RSVP is requested but not mandatory.

Acceptable ME is still seeking partnerships with businesses looking to donate a raffle item or interested in sponsorship support for the event.

For more information on "A Day to Love Yourself," or questions about how to RSVP on Facebook, email

Visit AcceptableME on Facebook and her Miss Maine Scholarship fundraiser at by searching for ShannonHopkinsME2021.