Saturday, October 25, 2014

PALS Pageant returns March 1


By Christopher Dunn

Last year’s first ever PALS Pageant was a huge success. This year’s edition, on March 1, will be just as special. (Photo

One of last year's most beautiful nights is back and you can be a part of it. The second annual PALS Pageant, hosted by the Starr's Mill High School PALS Club, is set for March 1. The pageant will kick off that Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the Duke Auditorium at the school.
The PALS Pageant is such a tremendous creation. It is a night to celebrate some extraordinary kids and let them know how beautiful they are.
"The goal is to foster relationships between kids with and without disabilities in a fun and unique way," says Jenny Kelly, one of the organizers of the event. "It's also a chance to let kids who may never get the chance to shine on stage have their opportunity, without being concerned about a contest or judges. Everyone is a winner in this pageant."
Everyone is a winner, even those in the audience. It's impossible to walk away from the night without beaming. Last year about 450 people attended the pageant. Surely more will be there this year. There is no admission charge. "Our goal is to host a fun and memorable evening for participants and the audience," says Kelly. You can't put a price tag on that.
Still, there are ways you can help. Plenty of stepped up to chip in, but more can be done. They're always looking for more donations to the silent auction. Proceeds from the auction help pay for the expenses of hosting the pageant, along with a goody bag for each participant and crowns and banners for each of the girls. This year they plan to use profits from the silent auction to also make a $500 donation to a memorial fund for a young man with special needs who was in the pageant last year, but suddenly passed away six weeks after the pageant.  
"We were overwhelmed by the support that we received from our schools and community!" Kelly beams.
There is a team that makes the pageant go. While the Starr's Mill High School PALS Club hosts the event and does the bulk of the organizing, they couldn't do it alone.
"Holding the event takes a team. All of the high school PALS Clubs participate. We have volunteers from the PALS Clubs, SMHS Beta Club, parent volunteers, and teachers from around the county. It is truly a team effort."
For more information on the PALS Pageant, go to or email Jenny at


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