Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Miss Cinderella candidates will kick off fundraising Saturday

The beautiful Cinderella in the fairy tale slaved for her stepfamily until she magically attended the ball where she met the prince, fell in love and lived happily ever after. Each year these same components of the beloved fairy tale are more or less replayed right here in Arlington by the high school girls hoping to earn the title of Miss Cinderella.

Some 19 teens vying for the title toil diligently raising money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington until the magic of donations from generous people transports them to the Cinderella Charity Ball. There the winner is crowned, and all live happily ever after because they have helped underprivileged youths in their community.

The Cinderella Ball six-week fundraising campaign during which each girl will canvass the community asking for donations to their campaign on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs will begin Saturday. The girl raising the most money will be crowned Miss Cinderella at the Cinderella Charity Ball on April 19 in the Grand Ballroom of the Arlington Convention Center.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Boys & Girls Clubs, which produces the ball, goes to great lengths to help the Cinderella candidates by teaching seminars so the girls know the basics of fundraising. The teens also get a crash course on what the Boys & Girls Clubs do to serve 8,000 underprivileged youths each year. If that sounds like a lot of work, it is.

Congratulations to these industrious teens just announced by the Ladies’ Auxiliary as they begin their Cinderella campaigns:

From Arlington High School: Molly Elizabeth Gilliland and Meghan Lenai Woodard. From Lamar High School: Katherine Kelly Austin, Nicole Elizabeth Crawford, Haley Renee Dibrell, Hailey Christian Gross, Samantha Nicole Pfaff, Molly Bendel Pritchard and Haley Nicole Wolf. From Martin High School: Cydnie Anne Jordan, Alexandria Leigh Kingen, Victoria Margaret Malone, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Marak and Brooke Lee Tedder. From Nolan Catholic High School: Courtni Rhea Fields. From The Oakridge School: Olivia Margaret Duke, Drue McKenzie Henegar, Caroline Claire Quinn and Elizabeth Ashleigh Thompson.

All candidates will be presented in a formal ceremony at the ball, where three runners-up for the title will be revealed and the winner crowned by reigning Miss Cinderella Baylee Mozjesik. The Cinderella Charity Ball is Arlington’s oldest continuing social and charitable event and each year is attended by more than 1,000 guests.

Chairing the ball are auxiliary members Andrea Proctor and Julie Cerza.

“This year’s Cinderella candidates are remarkable young ladies who are energetic and community focused,” said Proctor. “The Ladies’ Auxiliary is confident that generous donors in the Arlington area will again support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington by donating to the candidates campaign or purchasing tickets to the Ball.”

Watch your mailbox for communication from each candidate. Donate online at

Direct questions to Proctor at 817-801-8787 or Cerza at 817-946-4267.

You Are the Key Luncheon for Life Shelter is March 6

Arlington Life Shelter will launch a brand new event on March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel.

“You Are the Key” is the theme chosen for the inaugural fundraising luncheon. Guests at the event will enjoy a tasty meal as they hear stories from former residents of the Arlington Life Shelter sharing the impact that the shelter’s services have had on their lives.

Plans for future growth of the shelter will also be announced at the event.

“The generosity of our neighbors this winter has been overwhelming,” said Executive Director Becky Orander. “At times, as young families and individuals kept arriving, there was concern that financial resources might not be available to serve everyone.”

Orander said the recent weather circumstances underscore the need for sustainable, long-term fundraising to ensure that the shelter can be prepared for the extreme demands that extended periods of bad weather create.

All proceeds from the luncheon will support the shelter’s mission of helping homeless men, women and children become self-sufficient. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Call Lisa Kennedy at 817-548-9885, ext. 2004, or contact her at to reserve your seat.