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Miss Washington Contestants Visit Seattle Children’s

A guest article by Cait Greeley, Intern, Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation and Guild Association, Community Events and Programs Team

To kick start their week of pageant philanthropy and prep before the Miss Washington 2019 crowning, 24 Miss Washington contestants visited Seattle Children’s Hospital on Monday, June 24. Coming from all Washington State counties, they arrived with tie blankets and toiletries to donate to the hospital. After a brief introduction to Seattle Children’s mission and the ‘It Starts With Yes’ campaign, the contestants divided up into two groups for patient visits.

The first group visited the Inpatient Playroom where they were able to interact with patients and parents. They played piano and sang songs with a 14 year old patient as she smiled and gazed around. Another patient arrived, a 2 year old little boy, who was happy to have some company while playing trains. Contestants were thoughtfully asking such as, “How would you like me to approach the patients?” which meant a lot to volunteers and staff.

The second group visited a reception area where they respectfully mingled with patients and families awaiting appointments. The contestants’ elaborate crowns drew attention and many of the younger patients were eager to see who the princesses were! A little boy waiting for an appointment with his mom and big sister completely charmed all of the contestants with his outgoing and sweet demeanor.

After the groups switched, it was time for them to hop on the bus and continue their busy week leading up to the crowning of Miss Washington on June 29. The contestants were all so thankful to have been able to not only see the hospital, but spend time with some patients.

“This is always the highlight of our week,” – Patti Belik, Co-Director of the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization.

The Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals share a commitment to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country as well as the Miss America Scholarship Program. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has a 25-year history working with the Miss America Organization. The charity was officially named the Miss America Organization’s national platform in 2007. Since then, the partnership has raised more than $17 million, benefiting member CMN Hospitals across the U.S., as well as Miss America scholarships.