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Miss Piedmont Court Raises Money for Turning Point

It was a packed house at Rolling Hill Farms for the 1st Annual Charity Father- Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 21st. The event was organized and hosted by the Miss Piedmont High Pageant Court as a community service project to benefit Turning Point, an abuse shelter that serves women and children affected by domestic abuse here in Monroe.

The Miss Piedmont Court is made up of Katy Griffin – Miss Congeniality, Chloe Bell - Miss Freshman, Abigail Martin - Miss Sophomore, Briana Simpson - Miss Junior, Kristen Horne - Miss Senior and Emily Dellinger - Miss Piedmont. The girls obtained sponsorship for the DJ, food, decorations and over seventy door prizes from local businesses. Door prizes included restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets, tool sets, car detailing and a years’ worth of Chick-fil-a!

Registration forms were provided to each of Piedmont’s Elementary feeder schools and Piedmont Middle School. The girls in attendance ranged in age from 4 to 12 years old. Quotes from the attendees included, “The best night ever!” Meredith - 7 and “It was so much fun! Can’t wait for next year!” Summer – 10.

Guests were greeted upon arrival and each father was provided a pamphlet with information about dating abuse. The event was partnered with February’s Dating Abuse and Violence Awareness Month. Hoping each girl there would be shown how they should be treated and who better to do that than their own Dad.  “It was exciting to see young girls be so excited to hang out with their Dad. I think the Dads did a great job of showing their daughters how a true gentleman should act. I really hope our “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” lesson got through to each couple that came.” Emily Dellinger, Miss Piedmont 2015.

The event included a dessert bar loaded with cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and candy. A professional photographer was also on hand to take Father Daughter portraits and candid photos.  “This was an amazing experience, I’m thankful to have been a part of it. I’m proud with the support of local businesses and tickets sold that we raised $1000 dollars for Turning Point.” Kristen Horne, Miss Piedmont Senior 2015.

A check for $1000.00 was presented to Donnie Gay a member of the Board of Directors for Turning Point. “I would like to say thank you first to all the sponsors who made it possible for you guys to give us such a great time. I really want to thank the Miss Piedmont High Pageant girls who gave unselfishly to Turning Point. Having so many people to provide shelter, feed, give case management, and just help in general will go far in helping the victims of our community, for that we are grateful. “

“It’s important to me for the girls to represent their titles by doing community service projects and it’s also important for the community to see what great young ladies they truly are, beautiful on the inside and out.” Julie Shillingburg, Director of the Miss Piedmont High School Pageant.

Written by: Julie Shillingburg, Director of Miss Piedmont High Pageant
Posted: Feb 25, 2015 by Donna Helms

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