Looking for our next Miss Arc Broward! Calling all Young Women with Disabilities.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 26, 2022) – Arc Broward is excited to announce the 10th Annual Miss Arc Broward pageant, sponsored by Pediatric Associates, on Sunday. November 13, 2022. The call is out for young women ages 6-17 to participate in this inspiring event.  Taking place at Parker Playhouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, this special pageant empowers young women with disabilities and raises money for Arc Broward.  There are two categories, Little Miss Arc Broward (ages 6-11) and Miss Arc Broward (ages 12-17). Deadline for entrée into the pageant is the end of August, so sign up now!

Each contestant gets to be part of a fun and engaging experience that cultivates confidence, hopefulness, teamwork, and compassion. They receive a swag bag of gifts and participate in the Ice Cream Social kick-off in September and a Spa Night. Friendships and memories are created that last a lifetime. Don’t be shy! Arc Broward is ready to guide the entrants through the pageant process. The application can be found online at arcbroward.com.

“The Miss Arc Broward Pageant is truly unique, and one of my favorite events,” stated Kim Vassar, Chief Advancement Officer for Arc Broward. “It redefines traditional beauty standards and shows support for our amazing contestants. It showcases the amazing talents of young women with disabilities while our community joins in and supports Arc Broward.” 

On pageant day, the contestants along with teen ambassadors, come together to perform a group dance routine. Each contestant shines bright in front cheering family, friends and fans, as they showcase talents, personality and evening wear. 

The Pageant draws more than 600 spectators.  Local community groups form “Cheer Squads” to support contestants. After the pageant, the Miss Arc Broward Miss Arc Broward and Little Miss Arc Broward serve as a voice and advocate for their community, attending events where they proudly wear their pageant sash. Last year, Miss Arc Broward crowned 14-year-old Samantha Bash and 10-year-old Zoe Woods.  The entire experience provides an opportunity for the community to work with Arc Broward to change how people with disabilities are embraced and included. 

Contestants must live in Broward County and be between ages 6 to 17. For information or to join the fun, call 954.746.9400, ext. 2012 or email Jfanord@arcbroward.com. On Instagram follow @missarcbrowardpageant. 

Current sponsors are presenting sponsor Pediatric Associates, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial Healthcare, Advanced Roofing, TZMO USA, Inc., and International Yacht Charters. Looking to support with a sponsorship or in-kind donations? Miss Arc Broward is looking for corporate and individual sponsors and donations. For sponsorship/donation inquiries or ways to get involved, please contact kvassar@arcbroward.com or call 954.746.9400 ext. 2209. 
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About Arc Broward
Since 1956, Arc Broward has worked hand-in-hand with our community, changing how people with disabilities and life challenges are embraced and included. This critical work ensures that people with disabilities not only live, learn, work, and play in their communities, but more importantly, thrive. Arc Broward operates at 9 locations and provides 21 programs throughout Broward County, FL. Arc Broward’s two social enterprises — Arc Educates and Arc Culinary — are groundbreaking efforts to transform the community by providing opportunities for people with disabilities and other life challenges to realize their full potential.  To learn more about Arc Broward, please visit arcbroward.com or follow along on social media @arcbroward.