As prom season quickly approaches right after Christmas, high school girls begin the exciting quest of finding that perfect prom dress. One high school junior, however, has made it possible for girls to shop for their dream gowns while making miracles come true for sick children in their community.
The Miracle Prom Fashion Show, hosted by , a junior at , is being held January 28 at 7 p.m. at Monroe High School. All proceeds from the show will benefit Children’s Miracle Network.
“There are so many sick children who need our help, and while we are getting ready to experience the excitement of prom and shopping for a dress, these kids are simply hoping to have one more day to be with their families,” said Kayla, who was recently crowned Miss Gwinnett County’s Outstanding Teen, and will compete this summer to represent Georgia at the teen pageant for Miss America. “I’m hoping to raise a large donation for Children’s Miracle Network with the support of those coming to watch the show and the amazing sponsors who are backing this event.”
The growing A-list of sponsors include national publication Pageantry Magazine, radio station Star 94, Studio Primetime, Bravura, Girli Girl Boutique, and others.
The latest prom styles for 2012 will be showcased in the runway show featuring a dream team of models that include other local Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant title holders from throughout Georgia, as well as special guest models.
The event will preview the newest designer prom dresses from Girli Girl Boutique in Buford and Bravura in Snellville - as well as the personal wardrobe collection of designer evening gowns from some of the most successful and beautiful pageant title holders from Georgia. After the show, attendees can meet the models and special guests for autographs and photo opportunities.
No stranger to the spotlight, Kayla is an accomplished model who has been featured on the pages of national magazines, walked the runway in dozens of shows and been in front of the camera for noted photographers across the country. She has held state and national pageant titles, including the title of International Junior Teen.
Despite her success in the arena of beauty pageants and modeling, Kayla says she feels more at home when volunteering, . As the president of two national charity organizations – Angels in Disguise (AID) and Queens for a Cure - Kayla is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award medal from President Obama.
“I have a passion for helping people. That’s definitely the calling on my life,” she said. “It is the most fulfilling feeling in the world – to know that you have made someone smile or made a difference somehow; that you impacted someone’s life for good by sharing God’s love with them through your actions.”
Consequently, she said, volunteering her time to organize the Miracle Prom Fashion Show was a natural fit for where she is in her season of life right now.
“I will be going to prom for my first time this year, and it’s definitely going to be very exciting,” said Kayla. “I’m a firm believer in merging charitable acts with what’s going on in my life at the time. It’s a way of life for me.”
Children’s Miracle Network is the official national platform for the Miss America Organization, and provides comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids each year in local communities.
Tickets to the Miracle Prom Fashion Show are $10 and can be pre-ordered by going to www.MissGwinnettCounty.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door while quantities last.
Submitted by Jackie Watson.