June 19, 2020
June 19, 2020

June 24, 2020: A Long-standing Tradition of Empowered Women

A Guest Blog Post By Julie Cerza

In 1961, the first Cinderella Ball was held in a time of crisis to raise funds that were critically needed for the Arlington Boy’s Club. The first Miss Cinderella, Jane Louise Meier Boone walked door to door under the Texas sun, business to business asking for funds to support the Club. Rolling up her sleeves, Jane walked endless miles with the passion and determination to make an impact on the lives of kids.

“It was not only fun to be a candidate but I learned so much through fundraising and speaking to people about the mission of the Club. I have enjoyed all of the opportunities that being Miss Cinderella 2019 has given me, especially being able to work with the kids at the Club.” -Miss Anna Hoffman, Miss Cinderella 2019

This long-standing tradition of empowered women supporting children who need the Club’s programs to achieve success began in a time of crisis that continues today, especially through these unprecedented times. This year’s cohort of candidates, although unable to celebrate at the annual Ball as planned in April, joined together to support BGCGTC staff who work tirelessly to feed our community’s youth. These young women united to sew reusable masks, many of them sewing for the very first time, to support and protect the front-line employees providing basic needs for struggling families.

“I look forward to carrying on the tradition of the many women that have served this organization before me. As a teacher, I see the impact the Clubs have every day on my students. I have also seen the philanthropic growth my daughter achieved by being a candidate in 2011. We will continue to work through the new opportunities and find new ways to continue to support the Boys & Girls Clubs with future Cinderella Balls.” -Dawn Serman, Ladies Auxiliary President 2020-2022

For over sixty years, Ladies’ Auxiliary has served as a partner to Boys & Girls Clubs, through times of transition, growth, and even adaptation. From new Clubs being built to serve youth, buses to transport kids to the Club, volunteering, and many other projects, Ladies’ Auxiliary has remained a loyal friend to the Club. Ladies’ Auxiliary is proud to support the Club’s efforts, which are always ever-adapting to the current needs our community’s kids face today, and to be volunteers standing behind Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County.

It’s been such an honor to be a part of an organization that makes such an impact in our community. To be able to contribute to an organization that feeds our future leaders is so important to our future.

Julie Cerza
Ladies’ Auxiliary President 2018-2020

A Long-standing Tradition of Empowered Women

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