‘Pageant with a Purpose’ set for March 28 in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

‘Pageant with a Purpose’ set for March 28 in Grass Valley

Picture above are the majority of the contestants competing in the March 28 pageant are pictured with pageant director Melisa Mistler and volunteers Gale Pylman of Angels and Alchemy and Lisa D. Taylor of Taylor and Associates.
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More than 30 contestants ranging in age from 3 to 60 will compete in the inaugural Nevada County Spring Pageant on March 27 and 28. This pageant is 100 percent volunteer run and is providing an opportunity to bring additional awareness to nonprofits and a strategic advanced training system to people of all ages. Each contestant must provide details about their nonprofit platform and how they plan to provide service hours to their charity. Contestants are coming from all over Northern California to compete.

There are optional categories for talent and swimsuit, but not required. The candidates will be judged on interview skills, speaking on stage and answering pop questions and the clarity of their plan to help their communities. Five weeks of trainings are provided by 25 year pageant coach, Sheryl Casper of Lake of the Pines. A majority of the contestants are from Nevada County and pageant producers expect to see another surge in serving as a result of the pageant.

The pageant is run under the direction of M3 Malls owner, Melisa Mistler-Yates. A pageant winner herself, with titles of Ms. Greater Sacramento 2009, Mrs. Northern California, 2011 and West Coast Humanitarian 2014. The entire community is invited to attend the pageant at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Tickets are $10 at the door or may be purchased at a discount from any of the competing individuals. This event also serves as a fundraiser for NEO, which empowers youth to make healthy lifestyle choices by providing events and opportunities in a safe environment that encourages youth success and contributes to a healthier community. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the pageant, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to NEO.

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