The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 23, 2011

Pageant promotes good causes

BECKLEY — The Woodrow Wilson Auditorium was bursting with pink frocks Saturday at the third annual Little Miss/Little Mister Pretty in Pink Pageant in support of Newspapers in Education and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

N.I.E. pageants are a crowd favorite because they support great causes and promote natural beauty.

“We look for a naturally beautiful child,” event coordinator Angel Jones said. “We don’t want a child that’s been made-up with makeup or all of the other glamour stuff. We want a natural, beautiful child.”

Krista and Brian Brady brought their daughter Teagon to her first pageant Saturday.

“We have never done any pageants before so we wanted to see what it was like and we like that it was a natural pageant,” said Krista.

Brian agreed that not feeling pressured to put your child in make-up was a motivating factor for them to participate.

Patricia Criss said her daughter Makayla participated in the Mardi Gras pageant last March and said she prefers all natural pageants.

Criss’ mother has battled cancer, and being able to participate in a fun event that supports breast cancer awareness and the Susan G. Komen Foundation was a good experience, she said.

Angela Griffith said N.I.E. pageants are the only ones she does.

“They raise money for good causes, like the Autism Recovery Center and breast cancer awareness, and do not promote makeup, hair pieces and glitz. They are just simple and focus on natural beauty,” she said.

Ashley Goodman brought her child out because she knew other moms were participating and thought it would be a fun activity for the kids to do together.

Desiree Mayo said her favorite part is the chance of her daughter winning, something that can really boost self-confidence for her.

Every contestant received a crown, a trophy and a gift bag.

Carla Nelson, circulation sales and marketing manager for The Register-Herald, pointed out that the event is always fun for children and parents.

“Everybody is a winner in our pageants,” Nelson said. “Each girl will walk away with a crown, a trophy and a special gift. They all walk away with something. Just getting up on stage in front of everybody is quite an accomplishment in our eyes.”

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

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