The money raised benefits programs that serve kids, including Virginia Mason Memorial's neonatal intensive care unit, a regional facility serving the five-county region that is Central Washington.
Each high school student body nominates the contestants. The competition gets started in November and include a tour of Children's Village, along with a number of fundraising events each contestant does on their own.
Each contestant dedicates a huge amount of time raising money and rehearsing for their pageant, a two-hour spectacle that combines dance, humorous skits, honoring special people in their lives, on-stage interview questions and the final crowning of the winner.
If making a donation in support of a contestant, please be sure to include your full address when doing so. Though not a required field, it helps to ensure your donation can be efficiently processed. Thank you!