Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Miss Cinderella applications due Friday

Girls who are high school sophomores or juniors and live in Arlington and Mansfield are invited to apply to become a candidate for the title of Miss Cinderella 2014.

Managed by the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, the Cinderella Charity Ball is Arlington’s oldest continuing charitable event and annually raises money to benefit the youth organization. The April 19 event will be the 54th ball.

Cinderella candidates chosen by a selection committee will begin a seven-week fundraising campaign in March that culminates at the ball where the candidate raising the most money will be crowned Miss Cinderella.

“Being a Cinderella candidate requires a genuine interest in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and a willingness to work on their behalf,” said Auxiliary President Julie Landry. “The ball is only as successful as the fundraising of the candidates, and a great deal of time and effort is needed to be successful. But the memories last a lifetime.”

The ball is expected to pass the $8.5 million mark in funds raised next year.

“The Ladies’ Auxiliary is extremely proud of this milestone,” Landry said. “We welcome applications from young ladies who wish to work together to achieve this,” said Landry.

Applications and detailed information are available at

Applications should be delivered to ball co-chairwomen Andrea Proctor or Julie Cerza by Friday. Contact Proctor at 817-801-8787 or Cerza at 817-946-4267.

Arlington Charities Thanksgiving Program

Volunteers and staff at Arlington Charities will distribute more than 1,300 bags of groceries to families in need to help them have a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings.

Executive Director Melanie Gibson says the foods will be given to qualifying families on Nov. 25 and 26.

Donations of corn, pumpkin pie filling, cranberry sauce, chicken broth, green beans, stuffing mix, fruit, and instant potatoes are among items being sought. Turkeys, of course, are welcome, as well as cash donations so the agency can purchase turkeys are needed.

Take donations to the agency at 811 Secretary Drive weekdays until 2 p.m. until Friday. Foods received after that date will be held for distribution for the Christmas food drive. Call Gibson at 817-275-1511 to inquire.

‘Feed a Kid, Waive the Fee’ is Y’s November Food Drive

Arlington YMCA is partnering with Mission Arlington on a food drive to feed underprivileged families in the community. Named “The Boss Loves Full Tummies: Donate $20 in Canned Food, Feed A Kid, Waive the Fee,” the initiative will enable donors to get something in return for their good deed by waiving the fee to join the Y.

Here’s how it works: Anyone who comes to any of the three YMCA Family Centers and donates $20 in canned goods gets the $75 joining fee waived. The net savings is $55 while helping children and families in need.

According to Mission Arlington Executive Director Tillie Burgin, the organization provides food for more than 1,000 people per day.

“We pray a lot and ask God to supply us with what we need. I think he chose this community because they are a generous people, a city unlike any other,” she said.

Roberto Aguirre, president and CEO of the YMCA of Arlington, said the campaign aligns with the Y’s emphasis on healthy living and social responsibility.

“It is the perfect opportunity to help feed the hungry in our community while doing something for yourself and your family,” he said.

Pamela Webb, spokeswoman for the Y, can be reached at 817-299-9629 to answer questions.

Library Display Commemorates Church History

Be sure to visit the downtown library at 101 E. Abram St. sometime during November or December to see a fascinating collection of items curated by the historical committee of First United Methodist Church of Arlington.

One display on the first floor includes photos and artifacts from 1800, 1900 and 2000. Events as recent as the groundbreaking for the church construction now in progress on North Street are part of the exhibit.

Look for a listing of 47 past ministers, an article from a 1907 Arlington newspaper, photos of early church meeting places and a photo of a fire at the church. 

A second display will highlight church missions and local residents prominent in civic life. The theme is “We’re Here for Good.”

Committee member Bill Dunaway said the exhibit “celebrates the 135th anniversary of the church’s wonderful history and will contain historical mementos about FUMC being the first church established in the original Arlington township in 1878.

“The church is situated on property bought from the railroad in 1884, and the oldest building on the campus is the education building erected in 1949. Vandergriff chapel was erected in 1964, and the family life center in 1996. We had the first pipe organ in Arlington churches.”

Contact Dunaway at with questions.

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