Arlington Citizen-Journal

Arlington’s Miss Cinderella 2017 applications due Friday

2017 Cinderella Ball co-chairs Trisha Barling, left, and Lee Ann Jerome.
2017 Cinderella Ball co-chairs Trisha Barling, left, and Lee Ann Jerome. Courtesy photo

Arlington girls who are sophomores or juniors are invited to submit applications to become a candidate for Miss Cinderella 2017. Teens who are selected as candidates for the title will participate in an eight-week fundraising campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington. At the end of the campaign, 20 candidates will be formally presented at the Cinderella Charity Ball on April 15. The candidate raising the most money will be crowned Miss Cinderella.

The Cinderella Charity Ball is managed by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Boys & Girls Clubs. The ball is the sole focus of the group, and the event has raised more than $10 million since it began 57 years ago. It is the oldest continuing charitable and social event in Arlington. All funds raised go for capital improvements for the youth agency as well as support the programs and services that the nonprofit provides to more than 5,000 disadvantaged local children.

Dana Queenan, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, wrote in a letter to prospective candidates: “A great deal of time and effort is needed to be successful; but the memories last a lifetime. It will be several weeks of fun, publicity, excitement and accomplishment. Hopefully, you will leave this experience with new skills and with an understanding of the impact you can make on your community through volunteer service”

Co-chairing the Cinderella Charity Ball are Trisha Barling and Lee Ann Jerome. During the Cinderella campaign, auxiliary members host or coordinate several education and social events that candidates are required to attend, including sales and financial seminars teaching the basics of a fundraising campaign.

Parents of prospective candidates are encouraged to explore information on the website ( and to interview the families of previous candidates before making a decision to participate. Applications are due on Friday, and applications are available online. Contact Barling at 817-304-0004 or Jerome at 817-269-2764.

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