CROWNING: Pike County’s Grace Arnette: An ‘Angel’ among us

first_img Email the author Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Two-year-old Grace Arnette missed the Alabama Angels pageant in Montgomery this March due to sickness, so local Alabama Angels volunteer Sara Jo Burks set up a special, individual ceremony to give Arnette her tiara and goodies. Above, from left, Teen Miss Troy Mary Catherine Dulaney, Miss Troy University Mary Beth Moore, Arnette and Burks pose for a formal photo. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? 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It’s an opportunity to know what it’s like to have a tiara placed on your head and a sash over your shoulder.”Burks, who volunteers to work with hair and makeup, said for many of the participants the Alabama Angels Pageant is their first experience having their hair done or makeup applied.“Being involved with the pageant is a unique and rewarding experience,” she said. STARS & STRIPES: Qualls’ patriotism on display at downtown store The Perkins and Parish tune about stars falling on Alabama has new meaning in a certain store on the Square… read more Print Article By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content “The idea for a pageant of this kind originated with a lady in a dress shop. She was assisting a customer that was buying a prom dress for her daughter. The younger daughter was confined to a wheelchair. The lady noticed how excited the young girl was about the pretty dresses her sister was trying on so she asked the mother if she could choose a dress for her younger daughter.  Seeing the happiness it brought to the girl in the wheelchair motivated and inspired her to design a pageant so that every person could experience being a queen or king for a day.”For Burks, being a volunteer with the Alabama Angels Pageant is a heart-warming experience.“It’s something that I can do that brings happiness to others,” she said. “On an average, there are around 150 participants in the Alabama Angels Pageant. That’s a lot of happiness.” “We wanted the presentation of her tiara and sash to be special for Grace so we decided to make the presentation more formal,” said Sara Jo Burks, a local volunteer with Alabama Angels. “Miss Troy Mary Beth Moore and Teen Miss Troy Mary Catherine Dulaney assisted with the presentation at the fountain on the Troy University campus. Grace was happy and excited. It was special for her and all of us as well.”Grace has Down syndrome and participating in pageants makes her happy, said her mom, Layla Arnette.“Grace loves pageants but she sometimes gets sick and doesn’t get to participate,” Arnette said. “She has been in several local pageants, the fundraising, charity type ones. She was excited about getting her Alabama Angels tiara and sash. Getting it at Troy University made it special for her. We really appreciate those that went out of their way to make Grace feel special. I really want to thank them. Grace is a wild and funny little girl. She always has a happy smile. To us, she is an angel.” Two-year-old Grace Arnette had wanted to participate in the Alabama Angels Pageant in Montgomery in March but she was sick and receiving medical treatment in Birmingham. She missed the pageant and the fun and excitement of participation. However, she was treated royally by “Miss Sarah Jo” and the hometown folks at a “crowning” ceremony held especially in her honor.Grace received her Alabama Angel tiara, her sash and bag of goodies at a special individual ceremony at Troy University Wednesday. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more