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Little Angel Pageant organizers assist Outreach Center

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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Little Angels, a volunteer organization with a desire to give monetary assistance to other groups involved in the betterment of children, held a winter beauty pageant at the Waxahachie Civic Center Saturday.

Door receipts benefited the Outreach Center.

'We didn't have a very big turnout this morning, which is unfortunate,' said Casi Thorne, a Little Angels volunteer and teacher at Eastridge Elementary in Red Oak.

Thorne said the afternoon's turnout was also much lower than expected, prompting the group to schedule another pageant in April.

'We'll combine the money to give to the Outreach Center,' Thorne said.

Thorne and fellow teacher Deana Edgar formed the Little Angels organization after their daughters participated in numerous pageants.

'We said, ‘Why couldn't we do that?'' Thorne recalled.

The organization has begun the process of becoming affiliated with Miss America pageants.

'If that name helps us, we can give more to charities,' Thorne said.

Last Saturday morning's events included children from infancy through five years of age. Contestants paid $45 to $75 in entry fees, depending on the number of categories they entered.

Mandatory categories were Formal Wear and Playwear. Optional categories included Talent, Personality, Photogenic and Overall Modeling.

Cody Craig, age 3, was the only boy in the morning competition and was named the winner in all categories.

For the girls, 11-month-old Lindsey Cole received the Personality and Photogenic titles.

Victoria Langham, age 18 months, was the Over-all Modeling pick.

Top honors went to Natasha Gribble, a Shields Elementary kindergartner, who just celebrated her sixth birthday.

Afternoon honorees included Lauren Moody, who won in the categories of Photogenic and Personality, and High-Point Queen Jessie Cole.

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