Miss Heritage Pageant Raises Over $5,300 for Make-A-Wish
The Piggott Community Center was the site for the second-ever Miss Heritage Pageant on Friday, May 18. First presented in 2016, the male beauty pageant made a return this year as part of the schedule for the annual car show. And, once again this year thousands of dollars was raised for charity—and to borrow a well-used phrase, “a good time was had by all.”
A total of 10 contestants took part in this year's pageant, with a packed house of appreciative fans and family in attendance. After introducing the “ladies” the event MC, Paul Hoggard, explained the voting process. Under the format, buckets are placed in front of each contestant with the public “voting” by way of their donations. All proceeds from the donations, and the gate, went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the local car show organization matching the amount.
After the first round the number was cut to seven, with those contestants returning to the stage to work the room for more donations in an effort to advance to the final four.
During the intermissions the donations were tallied, as entertainment was provided by Rodney “Maurice” Rouse and his vocal stylings. The Piggott High School FBLA also operated a concession stand during the event, raising funds for their upcoming trip to the national competition.
Local Make-A-Wish volunteer Kim Donner was in attendance to offer thanks for the local organizers, and to introduce a local recipient. She introduced Bella Woods, who had her wish granted earlier this year and had the chance to travel to Dallas to see the Christian rock band “Skillet.”
Following the third round of competition, Hoggard announced that this year's winner was Russ Latimer, and he was crowned by event organizers Tracy Cole and Nikki Blue.
Thanks to the efforts of the contestants, volunteers and all those who donated over $5,300 was raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their programs. On Friday, May 25, a check for $5,321.74 was presented to the organization with representatives of the local fundraising group, the car show and local sponsor Piggott State Bank.