The YouthWorks Pageants are a vital part of our youth philanthropy program where local high school students raise funds for children's healthcare programs and services at Virginia Mason Memorial and Children's Village through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®
The money raised through the YouthWorks Pageants benefit pediatric programs and services at Virginia Mason Memorial's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Unit, The Family Birthplace, and at Children's Village
Each fall, the participating high schools nominate and select their own junior or senior male contestants who compete for the title of Mr. [Participating High School]. Each school is paired with a Miracle Child from their school district who has benefited from programs or services at Virginia Mason Memorial and/or Children’s Village. Throughout the process, candidates tour Children’s Village, the NICU, and the Pediatric Unit, volunteer at weekend sports events with kids who have special health care needs, and participate in a handful of fundraising activities including restaurant takeovers across the Yakima Valley. Contestants also fundraise on their own through online give pages accessed here.
The 3-month program culminates on pageant night where the contestants put together group dances, humorous skits, honor special heroes in their lives, answer on-stage questions, and finally crown a Mr. Congeniality and winner. Each Pageant winner receives a $500 scholarship check through FirstFruits Marketing.