TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Program is recruiting for its 2023 pageant.
Elouise Sparks is the founder and director of the program. She says they spend Black History Month looking for African American girls who want to go to college.
"It's a great opportunity to showcase their talents," Sparks said, "even to just help them with their self-image and self-encouragement and we want to help these young ladies go to school. It's an awesome opportunity for these young ladies to meet other girls from various high schools that they would probably never get the chance to meet."
Applications are open for girls in 10th through 12th grades. There is a $20 application fee and registration ends on February 28th.
Meantime, preparations are underway for the return of a popular fundraising event for the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Program.
The annual charity fashion show is back for its second year after debuting in 2020. It's happening Saturday evening (Feb. 25) at the Holiday Inn Richland on the River.
The event is called "A Night on the Runway with our Kings" and it features all male models, from the ages of 32 to 80.
"They will be modelling their attire from their closets," Sparks said. "We have various categories that they'll be modelling in: Sports/Athletic, we have a pool party category, we have casual and we also have business and formal. It's going to be so much fun on Saturday night."
The event includes dinner and costs $50 per person. The last day to buy tickets is Thursday, February 23.
You can scan the QR code on the event poster to purchase tickets or call 509-546-1573.
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Jill Sperling joins the KAPP-KVEW news team as morning anchor for Good Morning Northwest. Prior to moving to the Tri-Cities, Jill spent five years reporting for CFJC News in Kamloops, B.C., Canada. In July 2021, she moved to Washington State to join her husband in his hometown of Seattle.
Jill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and graduated from Western Academy Broadcasting College in 2014. She has worn many hats in various newsrooms; radio anchor, reporter, multimedia journalist and host. She is thrilled to add anchor to the list.
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