Crowns for a CureBy NIKKI SMITH,
Crowns for a Cure, an annual pageant started five years ago by Miss University of Southern Mississippi and Petal native Macy Mitchell, is set for Nov. 4 at the Petal High School Performing Arts Center.
The pageant was created to benefit American Cancer Society. So far, Crowns for a Cure has raised $22,000 over the last four years for Relay for Life.
Crowns for a Cure is open to girls from birth to 18 years old. There are no restrictions based on where contestants live. Anyone may enter.
Multiple titles will be awarded.
All funds from the pageant will go directly to the American Cancer Society to support cancer research and to help support cancer patients and their families.
“We are so blessed to live in a community that is supportive of our efforts to create a future where cancer does not take the lives of our friends and family,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell and her family have always been involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life through school and church, so she has been involved in fundraising and supporting the organization for as long as she can remember.
However, after her grandfather died in 2012 she wanted to do more. So in the fall of 2012, she began planning what she thought would be a small event that may raise $500.
“But God took that plan and turned it into something absolutely amazing,” Mitchell said. “This fundraiser is a way for me to not only raise money for the American Cancer Society, but to also encourage those around me to do the same. Since 2012, this event has involved hundreds of volunteers, contestants and families in the fight against cancer. To me, the Crowns For A Cure pageant is a fun and exciting way for me to involve others in the American Cancer Society efforts to battle cancer.”
In 2012, the first Crowns For A Cure pageant raised nearly $7,000 for the American Cancer Society. Mitchell said with the help of the Petal School District, the Petal Business District and the Relay For Life team from Carterville Baptist Church, the event has raised $17,000 since 2012.
Mitchell said she loves being able to consistently see the involvement of contestants, volunteers and sponsors each year. While the event is successful and exciting, Mitchell said it is a large fundraiser that requires time and energy from everyone involved.
“Each year I am so thankful for each individual who continues to support the American Cancer Society by supporting this fundraiser,” she said. “This fundraiser allows anyone and everyone to become involved in the fight against cancer.”
Her goal through her involvement with the American Cancer Society and the Crowns For A Cure pageant is not only to raise funds, but also to encourage those around her to become involved in the fight against cancer, especially youth.
“My goal is to encourage my generation, and the generations to come, to become involved in fighting this terrible disease that takes the lives of our family and friends,” she said.
Her hope is to instill qualities and characteristics of community service and involvement in the youth of today in order to prepare them for the American Cancer Society’s continuous battle against cancer.
For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Macy Mitchell at 601-530-2991 or Leesa Mitchell at 601-606-9636.