Many people may have a skewed idea of what a "pageant girl" does after she is crowned, as most think of wearing glamorous gowns, riding in parades, and signing autographs. Stevie Mack was crowned Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen on June 8 and has spent her summer raising funds and awareness for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).
The Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen Program is the little sister to Miss Kansas, and ultimately, associated with the Miss America Organization.
CMNH is the national partner of the Miss America Organization. Each contestant strives to contribute to this worthy cause by asking friends and family for donations and holding fundraising events. Mack chose to raise funds in a less than typical fashion.
Each summer, Mack spends one week at the Butler Showchoir Showcase at Butler Community College in El Dorado. The camp hosts around 400 high school campers, teachers, staff and guest artists from all over the country.
Mack decided to use this opportunity as a way to raise funds for CMNH by having a Change War. The campers were divided into groups of about 70 students and told each group would have a bucket with their group name placed on the front. Throughout the week they could place change in the buckets to gain positive points. If they wanted to use cash, they were able to place it in the bucket of a different group which would cause negative points – but the money would still go to CMNH.
All of the student groups, as well as the teacher's group, participated in this fun initiative. By Friday evening, the buckets of change were counted, and the end result was about $500 in change raised to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Mack, the camp staff and student campers were thrilled with the results and incredibly proud they had raised $500 using only spare change.
One week after the Butler Showchoir Showcase, a staff member from the showchoir camp ran a similar program through the Children's Youth Theatre of Wichita. Fifty-three students helped to raise $175 competing in a Change War. Those proceeds also went to CMNH through Stevie Mack's efforts.
Altogether, Mack, with the assistance of campers, friends and family has raised $6,350.22 this summer directly benefiting CMNH.
Mack is entering her junior year at Trinity Academy in Wichita. She dances at the Kansas Dance Academy and participates in high school mentoring groups and musicals.
Mack, the daughter of Valerie Mack, lead vocal music instructor at Butler and director of the Butler Headliners, dreams of being a Radio City Rockette and was one of 70 out of 1,000 girls to be invited to attend the Rockette Invitational Intensive in New York City this past June.
Throughout Mack's year as Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen, she will promote her platform of "Overcoming Adversity: em-BRACE the future."
Page 2 of 2 - Mack left for Orlando, Fla., yesterday to compete in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant with 52 other state titleholders and representatives from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.