Lauren Debranski was crowned Miss Teen Georgia American Beauty 2013 and decided to be the host for her own pageant for charity during Brain Tumor Awareness month.
“The children that I have met through the Brain Tumor Foundation are what inspired me to have a fundraiser for them,” Debranski said. “They are all very uplifting and positive and I just want to help them in any way that I can.”
Girls up to age 16 can compete in the pageant and the cost is $40 for all events, including beauty, butterfly wear, prettiest hair, prettiest eyes and best smile. Two Mini Supremes (ages infant to 5 and 6 to 16) and one overall Grand Supreme will be chosen and all participants will receive a crown.
Registration starts at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, and the pageant will begin at 11 a.m. To receive an entry form, email Debranski at ldebranski@com cast.net. Donations through PayPal can be made with the same email and will help cover expenses so more money can go to the BTFC.
Debranski, 15 ,is a freshman at Etowah High School. She’s been competing in pageants for two years and said seeing pageant queens in parades as a child inspired her to do pageants.
“The first pageant I competed in was the Miss Cherokee Rose fundraiser pageant that was actually at Elm Street,” Debranski said. “It was a great first pageant that really fueled my desire to learn more and continue with pageantry.”
All of the profits from the pageant will go to the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children in Woodstock, and Debranski said the money is coming from participant’s entry fees and donations.
“This will be a fun way for girls competing and their families to get involved with the Brain Tumor Foundation and also be in a good and competitive pageant,” she said. “The girls are competing in Butterfly (spring) wear because butterflies are the Brain Tumor Foundation’s mascot, and formal wear.”
Debranski said she’s honored and excited to be representing Georgia at the nationals this summer in Orlando, and said the best part about competing are the lasting friendships she’s made through pageantry.