Over $52,300 was raised by the combined Miss CAG, Little Miss Princess and Junior Miss pageants held Friday night at Wilkes Community College’s Pit Auditorium.
The event is sponsored annually by the Wilkes Community Action Committee (WCAC) and is their largest annual fundraising activity. WCAC is a supportive arm of the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission (BROC).
The grand total raised, $52,332, came from $12,140 raised by Little Miss Princess contestants; $14,784 raised by Junior Miss contestants and $20,979 raised by Miss CAG contestants, according to BROC Executive Director Dare Stromer.
The Miss CAG Pageant has been held for the past 45 years, while the Little Miss Princess Pageant has been held for 36 years. Junior Miss is the newcomer in the group, being held now for four years.
Winners of the pageants, which began at 7 p.m., were again determined by who raised the most money for the WCAC. Each contestant had fundraisers and other events to raise funds.
The money will be used by BROC in the coming year to help meet the emergency needs of impoverished members of the community, such as helping with buying food, paying for rent and electric bills, the Weatherization Assistance Program to improve homes and the Elderly Nutrition Program, which provides hot meals from four sites around the county.
Winning the title of Miss CAG was Gilda Pruitt, sponsored by BROC Temple Hill Senior Nutrition Mealsite. She raised $12,453. Pruitt was escorted by Larry Phipps, who escorted all contestants. Miss CAG 2018, Malinda Jarvis, presented the crown, a bouquet of roses and a trophy.
Deborah Strickland, raising $2,311, was the first runner-up. Strickland was sponsored by BROC Maple Springs Senior Nutrition Services Meal site.
Helen Myers, raising $2,202, was second runner-up. Myers was sponsored by BROC Austin Senior Nutrition Services Meal Site. Myers was recognized on her 85th birthday.
Kandice Fuentes of North Wilkesboro, raising $2,043, was the third runner-up. Fuentes was sponsored by family and friends.
Gracie Brock, raising $1,968 was fourth runner-up. Brock was sponsored by BROC Fairplains Senior Nutrition Services Mealsite.
Sisters Riddle Roten and Lyric Roten raised $1,627 each to claim the title of Little Miss Princess. They are the granddaughters of Donnie and Bonnie Bumgarner of North Wilkesboro.
Presenting crowns to the Roten sisters was 2018 Little Miss Princess Arianah Montoya. Riddle and Lyric each received a $500 scholarship, a bouquet of roses, a trophy and gifts from local businesses. They were sponsored by family and friends.
Dakota Shepherd, daughter of Angel Rhoades and Chris Collins of North Wilkesboro, was first runner-up, raising $1,128. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Carly Wilcox, daughter of Cameron and Tonya Wilcox of Boomer, was second runner-up, raising $1,067. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Neveyah Shumate, daughter of Adam and Nichole Shumate of Wilkesboro, was third runner-up, raising $1,003. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Lydia Combs, daughter of Daniel and Misty Combs of Boomer, was fourth runner-up, raising $997. She was sponsored by family and friends
Savannah Collins, daughter of Ashely Adams and Joshua Collins, of North Wilkesboro was fifth runner-up, raising $822. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Kitanna Perry, daughter of Stephen and Scherrie Focht of North Wilkesboro, was sixth runner-up, raising $757. She was sponsored by Paparazzi Jewelry, family and friends.
Willow Griffin, daughter of Joy Griffin of North Wilkesboro, was seventh runner-up, raising $588. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Addison Sine, daughter of Taylor and Nick of Wilkesboro, was eighth runner-up, raising $571. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Paulo Cristobal, daughter of Paola Zamora of North Wilkesboro, was ninth runner-up, raising $524. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Noemi Riverea, daughter of Paola Zamora of North Wilkesboro, was 10th runner-up, raising $480.70. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Celeste Sarah Cruz-Avial, daughter of Julia Avial and Wilmer Crus of North Wilkesboro, was 11th runner-up, raising $476. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Charley Brock, daughter of Kenny and Summer Brock of Wilkesboro, was 12th runner-up, raising $161. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Emery Brock, daughter of Kenny and Summer Brock of Wilkesboro, was 13th runner-up, raising $155. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Kimora Revels, daughter of Kayla Revels and William McClarin of Ronda, was 14th runner-up, raising $151. She was sponsored by family and friends.
All contestants received gifts, Stromer said.
Winning the Junior Miss title was Rebecca Walters, daughter of Scott and Yvonne Walters of Wilkesboro. Sponsored by family and friends, she raised $7,518. Presenting her crown was 2018 Junior Miss Kaitlynn Wagoner. Walters received a bouquet of roses, a trophy, gifts from local businesses and a $1,000 scholarship.
Valerie Schubart, daughter of Jeff and Susan Schubart of Roaring River, was first runner-up, raising $3,075. She was sponsored by Temple Hill UMC.
Clarissa Nichole Freyre, daughter of Marcelino Freyre and Teresa Greene of North Wilkesboro, was second runner-up, raising $1,320. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Laykyn Combs, daughter of Daniel and Misty Combs of Boomer was third runner-up, raising $1,067. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Lilyanna Combs, daughter of Daniel and Misty Combs of Boomer, was fourth runner-up, raising $1,047. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Emily Barbour, daughter of Heather Walker of Wilkesboro, was fifth runner-up, raising $558. She was sponsored by family and friends.
Chardonay Barber, daughter of Summer Barber of Moravian Falls, was sixth runner-up, raising $193. She was sponsored by family and friends.
All contestants in the pageant received gifts.
Additional revenue came from business donations, advertisements in the pageant booklet and other sources.
Emcee for the pageants was Darryl Wagoner, who also provided sound and lighting. “Deliverance,” a gospel music group composed of Wagoner and his wife and daughter, provided entertainment throughout the evening.
Karen McNeil, Evelyn Vidrine and Stromer were the event coordinators. Others assisting were Stephen Cannon, Donna Wagoner, Courtney Wagoner, Daryl Wagoner, Alison Crisp, Lorene W. Billings, Mary Smith, Matthew Hauser and Amanda O’Shany.
Stromer, in closing remarks Friday night, said, “Wow, what an exciting evening. I want to thank all the contestants, their family and friends and businesses for their support, the local media, the volunteers, businesses, Wilkes Community Action Committee, BROC Board of Directors, the entertainment, the photographers and staff for their support in doing for others.
“Everyone put in many long hours and did an awesome job in raising funds to help those less fortunate,” she said. “I thank the Lord for the money raised. We are so blessed.”