Salvation Army Hosts "Queen of Charities" Pageant

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

April 28, 2013 Updated Apr 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Forget “Toddlers & Tiaras”, a local pageant aims to teach pageant contestants about charity and community service.

The "Queen of Charities" pageant has become an annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army. But, this pageant isn't about winning a crown, it's all about showing personality, poise, and confidence.

Jana Smith, director of the pageant says many people don't understand the struggle that families living in poverty face, so once the contestants sign up for the pageant, they each have about a month to raise as much money as they can.

Smith says all that money goes directly to needy families in Allen County through the Salvation Army’s social service programs.

“Every $10 they raise takes care of a child at Christmas. Every $25 they raise puts a backpack full of supplies for a needy family. Every $50 they raise feeds a family out of our food pantry. So they're helping others in the community and what they can get from that, learning how to help other people, that's greater than any crown we could ever put on their head,” said Smith.
This year the 45 contestants, who ranged from two to 30-years-old, raised more than $30,000.

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