Continuing a tradition spanning nearly six decades, 20 high school girls will soon launch the 2018 Cinderella Charity Ball fundraising campaign. Many local residents will find letters from the teens in their mailboxes during the first week of February. The mailers will be an introduction of each candidate and make a case for why a donation in her name will help the disadvantaged youth served by the Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Cinderella Charity Ball is Arlington’s oldest continuing social charitable event, and this year marks the 58th year of the event. Here’s how it works: high school sophomores and juniors vie for the title of Miss Cinderella during a six-week campaign to see who can raise the most money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington. The candidate raising the most money will be crowned Miss Cinderella in a formal ceremony at the ball on March 31 in the Grand Ballroom of the Arlington Convention Center.
The event – hosted and managed by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Boys & Girls Club – has raised more than $10 million since its inception. Capital improvements, youth programs, vehicle purchases, office equipment and scholarships for the families served by the youth agency are funded by the money raised at the ball.
Cinderella candidates attend sales and finance seminars that the Auxiliary hosts for them, and each girl spends time volunteering at the four branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs, which serve nearly 8,000 disadvantaged youths each year. Besides making presentations to local civic groups and businesses, each candidate taps into her family and friends network to ask for support. In recent years, candidates host and manage their own fundraisers that include restaurant nights out, fashion shows, jewelry parties and other creative events.
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“We have amazing candidates this year,” said Cindrella Ball co-chair Lee Ann Jerome. “Many have sisters that have participated. The young ladies are excited to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington. They are busy preparing for their campaign by writing letters, filling their calendars with speaking engagements at businesses and civic organizations and arranging fundraising events.”
Throughout the six-week campaign, the Ladies Auxiliary keeps the candidates busy with a variety of activities. Their first social was early last month at the home of Trisha Barling in a fun, casual setting to enable them to get acquainted and begin the process of getting advice for their upcoming campaign.
“We have a fantastic group of young women that are ready to make a lasting impact for the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said co-chair Alicia Hendricks. “Through their hard work and volunteering, the candidates not only teach valuable life lessons to these Arlington children but also learn something about themselves in return."
Cinderella 2018 candidates are:
From Martin High School: Tatum Baffa, Megan Bishop, and Larissa Marie Hackley.
From Oakridge: Berkley Bertrand, Mason Henegar, and Bonni Holloway.
From Arlington High: Haley Diaz and Zoe Dipert.
From Lamar: Emma Donaldson, Karalyn Haugen, Megan Linscott, Sydney Miller, Hannah Rahnke, Lily Rand and Lily Ratliff.
From Grace Preparatory Academy: Sierra Scala. From Pantego Christian Academy: Kati Jo Turner. From Mansfield High: Karra Mae Wurm. From Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy: Katelyn Reese Lowke. From Nolan High: Elizabeth Clair Proctor.
To purchase a ticket for the Cinderella Ball, contact any of the candidates or email Jerome at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hendricks at email@example.com. Meet the candidates and learn details at www.CinderellaCharityBall.com. Although tickets cannot be purchased online, donations are accepted on the website.