Second Annual Miss ARC Broward Pageant for Girls with Disabilities Now Accepting Applications

ARC Broward, a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, is accepting contestant applications for its second annual Miss ARC Broward Pageant, presented by Holland & Knight. The two-day event celebrating girls ages 6-17 with disabilities will take place on November 17 and 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the historic Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.  “After the incredible success of the inaugural Miss ARC Broward Pageant last year, we are thrilled to announce we are accepting applications for the second annual Miss ARC Broward Pageant.” said ARC Broward President/CEO Dennis Haas.  “In addition to building self-confidence, this pageant is an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of these amazing girls.”  Parents can enter their daughters into the pageant by submitting the electronic application online at  Only 20 qualifying applicants will be selected to participate in the pageant. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 22, 2014. In order to qualify for the pageant, applicants and their parents/guardians must meet criteria outlined on the aforementioned webpage.  The first day of the pageant will serve as a “practice day” where participants can rehearse the opening dance routine and prepare for the live contest. The second day of the pageant is open to the public. Friends, family and supporters can purchase tickets to watch and cheer on the contestants.  Pageant sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Holland & Knight, Publix Super Market Charities and The Eppy Group. To view the opening number from last year’s pageant, visit  Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 per person starting Wednesday, August 13, 2014. To purchase tickets online, please visit  For more information, please contact ARC Broward Development Director Jessica Kersey at (954) 746-9400 or  ABOUT ARC BROWARDIncorporated in 1956, ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with various life challenges. ARC Broward operates three “mission-based” enterprises including the ARC Broward Learning Institute, ARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward Electronics Recycling Services and provides services through 21 programs in 10 locations across Broward County. By working hand in hand with families, guardians, businesses, civic organizations, donors and funders, encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes are provided so that people with developmental disabilities and other challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. To learn more or to donate visit or call 954-746-9400. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.