March 27, 2012
Contact: Bevin Theodore,
Director of PR & Communications
KidsPeace seeks donations for second annual Inner
North Whitehall Township – In preparation for the second annual Inner Beauty
Pageant on May 2, KidsPeace is seeking the donation of clothing and services
from the community.
As part of the pageant, a
group of 17 teenage girls will model casual and formal attire, showcase talents
and participate in a question-and-answer panel. Each participant in the event
will go before a “positive praise” panel, which will provide feedback.
“The idea behind it is that
every girl is a winner,” says Nicole Thomas-Grube, an art therapist at
KidsPeace who is helping to plan the event.
Although the focus of the
event is on inner beauty, the organizers would still like the participants to
have the opportunity to dress in a way they feel befits the occasion. KidsPeace
is seeking donations of formalwear, casual attire and shoes in all sizes. Other
donations that would be appreciated are flowers, tiaras, decorations, food for
the participants, dry cleaning services and a tailor to help with temporary
alterations. The hope is that the donated clothing will be able to be reused by
other KidsPeace residents for future events. Anyone who has items or services
to donate should contact Terence Callaghan at 610-799-7990 or Terence.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some formal gowns have
already been donated, namely from former Miss Pennsylvania candidates and
Angela Showalter. Showalter and her husband, Buck Showalter, the manager of the
Baltimore Orioles, have been involved with many activities related to
KidsPeace’s foster care program in Maryland. Metro Beauty Academy is once again
donating hair, makeup and nail services for pageant participants.
The pageant is the culmination
of an eight-week course, which allows the participants to get to know
themselves and each other and practice social skills. As part of the course,
former Miss Pennsylvania Nicole Brewer, who now works for CBS 3 in Philadelphia
and also serves on the board of Teencentral.net, will speak to the group on
April 11. Female staff members and residents, as well as family and community
members who are important to the participants, will be invited to attend the pageant.
Founded in 1882, KidsPeace
is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children,
preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of
residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety
of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to
children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia,
Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.