April 19, 2014

Cinderella Charity Ball shatters fundraising records

Caroline Claire Quinn raises an unprecedented $224,624.46 to capture the coveted title of Miss Cinderella.

It was a banner year for the Cinderella Charity Ball.

A packed ballroom at the Arlington Convention Center learned Saturday night that collective and individual fundraising records had been shattered by this year’s candidates for the crown.

Caroline Claire Quinn raised an unprecedented $224,624.46 to capture the coveted title of Miss Cinderella amid a year when the 19 candidates raised $823,159.82 total.

The glittering event, in its 54th year, is produced by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs and has raised more than $9.2 million since it began in 1961. Proceeds fund youth programs, equipment, capital improvements and operating expenses for the nonprofit agency. The ball is Arlington’s oldest continuing charitable and social event.

Candidates must be sophomores or juniors and be involved in school or community activities. A selection committee reviews applications, and candidates are announced eight weeks before the ball. Each candidate is presented in a formal ceremony at the ball.

Quinn, 17, is the daughter of Stacey and Billy Quinn and a junior at The Oakridge School. She was crowned by Miss Cinderella 2013, Baylee Mozjesik.

First runner-up Drue McKenzie Henegar, a junior at The Oakridge School, raised $110,598. Henegar is the daughter Lori and Anthony Henegar. Other runners-up, in order, were Cydnie Jordan, Olivia Duke and Elizabeth Thompson.

“We are so proud of the candidates this year and simply thrilled that their hard work has resulted in successfully raising more money than ever before to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs programs,” said ball co-chairwoman Andrea Proctor.

Proctor and co-chairwoman Julie Cerza praised the 19 teens in the contest because of their creative approaches to raising funds.

“These girls have really thought outside the box and involved the entire community to expand the campaign,” said Proctor, explaining that nearly every candidate had an individual fundraising event such as restaurant nights, a casino party and even a style show.

“Arlington businesses and civic clubs have been incredibly supportive,” she said.

The previous record was set by the 2007 ball, for which candidates raised $658,696. That year, Mary Alden Wilson collected $168,711, which had stood as the individual record until Saturday.

Last year’s ball brought in more than $462,000.

In a separate competition, three candidates were awarded college scholarships based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation. Duke won the Catherine Lautzenheiser Memorial Scholarship of $1,500. Victoria Malone and Molly Pritchard were awarded $1,000 and $750, respectively.

Malone also received the Carol H. Zimmer Award, presented for the second time, in honor of longtime Ladies’ Auxiliary member Carol Zimmer, who died last year.

Other Miss Cinderella candidates were Katherine Austin, Nicole Crawford, Haley Dibrell, Courtni Fields, Molly Gilliland, Hailey Gross, Alexandria Kingen, Kaitlyn Marak, Samantha Pfaff, Brooke Tedder, Haley Wolf and Meghan Woodard.

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